- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) — The U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, is urging Iraqi soldiers to rebel against Saddam Hussein in an effort to prevent him from persecuting the people of his nation.

The message, aired to the Iraqi soldiers in special radio broadcasts, said the Iraqi dictator deceives his people by creating a false sense of national pride.

Coalition forces dropped thousands of leaflets in southern Iraq over the weekend, encouraging Iraqis to listen to the broadcasts.

The colored leaflet introduces the new radio, set up by coalition forces, simply as Information Radio, which can be heard between 1800 and 2300 hours daily at the following frequencies: 756 KHZ AM, 693 KHZ AM, 9715 KHZ SW, 11292 KHZ SW and 100.4 MHZ FM.

"Soldiers of Iraq: Since the beginning of time, there has been no profession more honorable than that of a soldier. Soldiers are decorated with awards and medals that show their achievements and mark their skills. The uniform of a soldier is an article that demands respect, and loyalty. Soldiers are the defenders of their people, and the protectors of women and children. A soldier is willing to sacrifice himself for his country and their way of life. Soldiers sacrifice their own personal freedoms to protect others," says the message.

"Saddam has tarnished this legacy. Saddam spews forth political rhetoric along with a false sense of national pride to deceive these men to serve his own unlawful purposes. Saddam does not wish the soldiers of Iraq to have the honor and dignity that their profession warrants. Saddam seeks only to exploit these brave men. Saddam uses the soldiers of Iraq not as protectors of the peace, but rather as his own personal bodyguards."

"Do not let Saddam tarnish the reputation of soldiers any longer. Saddam uses the military to persecute those who don't agree with his unjust agenda. Make the decision."

A separate message for the people of Iraq compares Saddam with dictators like Josef Stalin who were responsible for the death and displacement of millions of people.

"The world has paid a high price for not stopping men like Stalin when they had the chance. Many millions of people have lost their lives needlessly under these oppressive regimes and in wars started by these leaders. The loss of life and the needless suffering could have been minimized had action been taken sooner," says the message.

"History has shown that appeasement of brutal domineering regimes only brings greater tragedy," it adds.

"Saddam too has a lust for power, and the world will stand up and put an end to the terror he imposes on others, before he destroys Iraq and crushes the hopes of its proud people."

The message tells them that removing Saddam would bring peace and prosperity to Iraq and tells them how the removal of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has revived hopes of the Afghan people.

"In Afghanistan, once the Taliban was removed from power, the standard of living drastically improved. Relief aid is pouring into Afghanistan and is appropriately distributed. Schools are open and people all across Afghanistan are better off."

During the weekend coalition aircraft dropped a total of 360,000 leaflets over the six cities of Ar Rumaythah, Qawam Al Hamazah, Ash Shahtra, Ar Riffa, Qal' at Sukkar and Al Majar. The six cities are all located approximately 130 to 225 miles southeast of Baghdad.

Besides radio frequencies, the leaflets refer to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, which urges Saddam Hussein to give up weapons of mass destruction and how the Saddam regime was preventing U.N. inspectors from doing their job.

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