Al-Majallah: Al-Sharif Ali: America's aim is to topple Saddam, not occupy Iraq
Iraq-USA, Politics, 9/2/2002
Al-Sharif Ali Bin al-Hussein, the official spokesman for the Iraqi opposition National Congress stressed that the aim of the US is toppling the Iraqi regime, rather than occupying Iraq and colonizing it.
In a statement to the London- based weekly al-Majallah ( the magazine) issued on Sunday, al-Sharif Ali did not rule out that monarchy will come back to Iraq after the US invades it. He explained that the Iraqi people had experience the republican form of government for 40 years and today according to our contacts with the Iraqis, the majority of the Iraqi people prefer to return back to the monarchy rule due to the failure of the republican rule in all its forms.
Al-Sharif Ali who is considered the heir of monarchy in Iraq added "we do not want to impose ourselves on the Iraqi people who will not, as from today, accept instructions to be imposed on them." Replying to a question on whether the Iraqi opposition accepts to take the American train to Baghdad, al-Sharif said "we are not riding an American plane and will not land by an American parachute. we had been resisting this regime when the American were supporting it and when Saddam Hussein was serving the American interests in the region. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the Americans became in our trench. Throughout 30 years our position has not been changed, rather the position of the Americans has changed. The Americans are coming to Iraq in an Iraqi train. They ( the Americans ) are in need of the Iraqis in the process of changing the regime and they will not go to occupy Iraq, rather to liberate Iraq from this regime."
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