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Saddam Key Figure Yet
by J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor
23 June 2003

Saddam Hussein must be found and obliterated if Iraq is to evolve into a democratic nation.

It was believed after the three-week win war that, Saddam Hussein or no Saddam Hussein, he no longer mattered. The Iraqi Freedom Campaign was a success in itself. Iraqis were freed after thirty years of torture and killings. Now liberty could blossom with the Potomac on the Gulf in Kuwait overseeing the New Iraq construction.

However, US-led coalition militia continue to be fired upon, some killed in the fracas. The efficient Rumsfeld conflict is not followed by an efficient New Iraq democracy build. The gaps are showing to the world every passing day. It is frustrating to the Iraqis and embarrassing to the coalition, particularly the United States.

No weapons of destruction evidence has surfaced, though the President and his colleagues assure the public that it will when all the facts are laid on the global table. However, the President’s political enemies are making hay out of the vacuum in the interim.

In addition, there appears to be little practical assistance from the European Union in the New Iraq rebuilding, though overtures of real help were verbalized by some after the three-week win war.

The Shiite presence in Iraq was once considered a throwaway since the nation was supposedly so multi-dimensional in religious and political configuration that no one religious block could govern the politic. However, the Shiite presence does continue with its harangue and possible real threat to a democratic Iraq.

Wesley Clark stated on Meet the Press that the matter of Saddam Hussein being alive or dead is exceptionally significant to present times. He stated that it is not an issue of irrelevance as some thought it was immediately following the war.


Because, Clark underlined, Saddam is continuing to give orders to malcontents who are hitting on the US-led coalition. The disrupters will continue as long as Saddam breathes. As long as he is on the planet, his dictates will continue to infiltrate the New Iraq, frustrating any move toward a democracy build.

This variable was not counted on at the close of the war. It was concluded that the war success was complete in itself, with or without Saddam. He was not crucial any longer; he could traipse about the world incognito for as long as he wished, but his power thrust was forever obliterated. When his statue toppled, that symbolized the wiping out of the man himself.

Not so.

He is alive, as Clark believes. He is mentally alert to the New Iraq circumstances. He is conducting his own battle plan daily. With that, he then is bent on making fools of the US-led coalition and President George W. Bush in particular. This in turn could up the possibility that neighboring Muslims would join in the derision as well as certain European countries which voted against Iraqi Freedom before its start.

Add to this the very real chance that Clark soon will announce his candidacy for the US Presidency. He stated as much on Meet the Press. One of his thrusts as a Democratic nominee would then be the lack of "complete war conclusion" with Saddam still being alive, the latter administering a behind-the-scenes on-going combat against the coalition soldiers in the Iraqi streets.

In other words, it is mandatory that Saddam Hussein be found and obliterated if a final democratic nation evolves from the old Iraq.

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME.  He is a a graduate of an accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.  Pastor Swank has been married for 41 years and he has 3 adult children.  He is the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers. He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.  His columns have appeared on,,,,,,,,, among others.

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