Abdullah Gul remembers warning Saddam ‘about history repeating itself’

Gul told Al Arabiya that he he wrote to Hussein cautioning him to abide by international pressures

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Turkey’s former Prime Minister and President Abdullah Gul has spoken about warning former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of history repeating itself, in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel’s Political Memory program.

Gul, who was coming to the end of his term as Turkey’s prime minister at the time, said he wrote a letter to Hussein cautioning him to abide by international pressures.

“I told him that wars have serious and dangerous consequences, and if strangers enter it, they will bring destruction," Gul told Al Arabiya.

“After that I sent a letter with a Turkish minister and reminded him in it of history and what the Mongols did when they entered Baghdad, because I knew that Saddam liked history.”

The former Turkish leader said the modern-day situation of Iraq could have been avoided and that he had warned both Arab and American leaderships of a pending state failure situation.

“We tried to prevent war as much as possible, and I talked with the Americans and with the press… I mean that the entire region will be affected by the problems and for decades. We had to exert pressure not to go to war or to allow the entry of ground troops via Turkey. At that time we had just taken over the government, and if we had entered the war, it would affected the economy,” he added.

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