Facing trial and possible execution for the massacre of his fellow Muslims, ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein sought in a letter published Sunday to cast himself as amartyr, writing that his "soul and existence is to be sacrificed" for the Arab cause.
A Jordanian friend received the letter through the International Committee of the Red Cross, which verified its authenticity and said it had been censored by Saddam's American captors in Iraq.
"My soul and my existence is to be sacrificed for our precious Palestine and our beloved, patient and suffering Iraq," said the letter, published in two Jordanian newspapers and made available to The Associated Press.
文中的martyr意思是"烈士；殉难者"。如：My wish is that the martyrs who died for the liberty of our country did not die for nothing.（我希望为了国家自由而死去的烈士不会白白牺牲。）
martyr还可以用作动词，表示"被杀害；遇难"，如：Hundreds of people are reported to have been martyred (killed) for their political beliefs.（据报道说，成百上千的人因其政治信仰而遭杀害。）