Tariq Aziz: Victim of US Imperialism
by Stephen Lendman
Washington and complicit allies are killing him by neglect.
He's ill, isolated and fading. His life hangs in the balance. Washington likely wants him dead. He blames America, Israel and Britain. They bear responsibility for destroying Iraq. More on him below.
Medical neglect killed Slobodan Milosevic. In March 2006, he was found dead in his cell. He had heart and other health problems. He was denied proper treatment. It could have saved him. He might have lived many more years.
Days before his death, he wrote Russia's Foreign Ministry. He said the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia) wanted him dead. So did Washington and key NATO partners. They want Aziz gone and forgotten. He's dying from neglect.
In summer 2010, he gave his first interview . He'd been in prison nearly seven and a half years. He committed no crime, he said. He's victimized by US imperialism.
"All decisions were taken by president Saddam Hussein. I held a political position, I did not participate in any of the crimes that were raised against me personally. Out of hundreds of complaints, nobody has mentioned me in person."
"Being a member of the government, I had a moral responsibility to defend the government. If you go back to the history, I asked Saddam Hussein not to invade Kuwait, but I had to support the decision of the majority."
"When the decision was taken, I said to him, this is going to lead to war with the US and it is not in our interests to wage war against the US."
"But the decision was taken. I was the foreign minister of the country and I had to defend the country and do everything possible to explain our position. I stayed on the side of right."
"There is nothing here any more. Nothing. For thirty years Saddam built Iraq, and now it is destroyed. There are more sick than before, more hungry."
"The people don't have services. People are being killed every day in the tens, if not hundreds. We are all victims of America and Britain. They killed our country."
Iraq pre-2003 no longer exists. Washington and NATO allies destroyed the cradle of civilization. Aziz is guilty by association. He regrets surrendering to US authorities. He did so on April 24, 2003. He said goodbye to Saddam days earlier.
"Through an intermediary, I contacted the Americans," he said. "If I could return to that time, I wish I would be martyred." He's endured a long ordeal. He's ill, weak and fading.