Friday, June 20, 2003

Tradition helped shield top Hussein aide
In show of respect, family protected house guest

Associated Press
Originally published June 20, 2003

TIKRIT, Iraq - Saddam Hussein's top aide managed to evade U.S. forces for a few days by sleeping on a mat in the home of an Iraqi family who refused to turn him in because of the tradition in Arab and Muslim countries of protecting guests.

But Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti surrendered quietly Tuesday morning after informants' tips led U.S. forces to the home of Kafi Awad and her husband. Mahmud was Hussein's personal secretary and No. 4 on America's list of 55 most-wanted former regime figures.

"We couldn't tell him to leave our house," said Awad, whose husband, two adult sons and two brothers were also arrested. "We are Arabs. We always respect visitors to our house."

Only where there is no good nor bad - no right nor wrong - can one justify virtually anything. Are there any morals in this land?

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