Nation Craves Liberation, Says Iraqi Who Escaped

(Los Angeles Times) - Zainab Al-Suwaij When I was in fourth grade in 1980, Saddam Hussein invaded Iran. Outside our school, my friends and I would flash victory signs at young soldiers heading off to the front, but they would shake their fingers at us and make an upside down V - the opposite of victory. Students were forced to attend staged rallies and police carrying whips would force us out into the streets and hand us signs to hold up for the cameras. On behalf of Iraqis who cannot speak openly with reporters or who have given their lives trying to free Iraq from Hussein's brutal rule, let me say clearly: American, British, and other allied soldiers are a sign of hope and liberation.

2003-02-21 00:00:00

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