DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saddam Hussein accepted an 11th-hour offer to flee into exile weeks ahead of the U.S.-led 2003 invasion, but Arab League officials scuttled the proposal, officials in this Gulf state claimed.
So. What I want to to know, is why the hell this wasn't brought to anyone's attention, before now? Did I seriously miss something here?
Let's read on:
We were coming (to the summit in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort) to place the facts on the table," said Sheik Mohammed, who is deputy chief of the Emirates armed forces and crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
"The results would have emerged if the initiative was presented and discussed. This is now history."
The anonymous Emirates official said Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa did not bring the proposal to the summit's discussion because Arab foreign ministers had not presented and accepted it as league protocol dictated.
At the time, Arab League leaders said the summit decided not to take up the idea, citing league rules barring interference in members' domestic affairs.
They all say they didn't want this war. But if that were the case, wouldn't you shelf the petty BS and try to solve the situation? If you were Saddam wouldn't you set it up and go? If you are the Arab League wouldn't you want to score points and solve the crisis before it becomes a war?
They did want this war.
If they didn't, they would have presented this as a viable alternative in the days leading up to the day of the invasion. They would used every diplomatic channel available to head off this action. Instead, we got a lot of "take it or leave it" stuff that was not acceptable.
The one thing that prevents diplomatic solutions when most Muslim nations are involved, is their stubborn refusal to compromise. They cannot go against what Islam teaches and are afraid of the reprisals that will surely occur, if they are ever judged by the Islamofascist groups to be infidels.
Don't kid yourself, the Arab League wanted this war for many reasons, even the "so-called" friendly ones. And that puts them in the same useless category as the U.N. and the E.U., corrupt and irrelevent.