Kuwait, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, gave Saddam over $14 billion to help him fight Iran and Saudi Arabia gave Saddam $1 billion every month for almost 2 years to help the war effort. The money they gave Saddam that helped him destroy his own country has to be paid back, and they want Baghdad to pick up the tab.
Thankfully my surname is neither Al-Saud or Al-Sabah but if it was I would be ashamed to ask for this money. I would probably hold my head down in shame and apologize to the Iraqi people for the damage my family inflicted on them. But no, the Saudi and Kuwaiti royal families are apparently not content with what they already have and they have their greedy eyes set on Iraq's wealth. They have the nerve, cheek and gall to demand the new democratically elected government for the billions they gave the dictator to help kill more people.
Dr So'ad Al-Sabah, the cousin of the Emir of Kuwait, wrote a famous poem titled "Poem of love to the Iraqi sword". Here are a few lines:
I am a women who decided to love Iraq,
Because the mornings here are like no other mornings.
Because wounds here do not look like wounds.
Why does Baghdad fight for our lands on our behalf?
And defends our gates on our behalf?
And protects our wealth on our behalf?
Why does an Iraqi die carrying a message?
Why do I love Iraq, why?
I wish I had a choice.
Was Baghdad not a shield for the Arabs?
And a wall for the Mongols?
She read out this poem in Baghdad on 26th November 1985, in the middle of the Iraq-Iran war while the Kuwaiti royal family was sending billions of dollars in aid to Saddam...how ironic and tragic it is then, that less than 5 years later this Arab protecting "Iraqi sword" was to find a new target...them!
It amazes me that most of the non-Arab 'kaffir infidel' countries have written off the debts while our Arab Muslim friends will not rest until they take their piece of the pie. I have some advice to these Arab countries: Start setting up your embassies in Baghdad, that way you can constantly harass the Iraqi government for your money.
I'm not so sure what the official Iranian demand is now but a few years ago they wanted Iraq to pay a "substantial" amount in reparations for the $1,000 billion (thats $1 trillion right?) in damages. I am in the mood to give free advice, this time for the Iraqi government: When Tehran wants you to pay them for the Iraq-Iran war you should cut a deal with them. Tell them Iraq is willing to pay (in full and in cash) for the damages suffered by Iran in the first 2 years of the war if Tehran pays for the damages suffered by Iraq in, lets just say, the last 6 years of the war. If the Iraqi government isn't bothered for deals, they can just give them the finger and tell them most of the damages they suffered was because of Khomeini's arrogance and not Saddam's stupidity and so the Iraqi people don't feel it is their religious duty to pay for the bills.