Friday, December 29, 2006

Ding Dong the Dictator is Dead...?

This afternoon word came from "Iraqi and American sources" that despite the 30 days given for Saddam's demise, it would probably take place "this weekend". Now word comes that the hanging is planned for this evening (by 10pm EST).

"The time has been agreed upon. It will be done by six o'clock in the morning (Baghdad time)," the official said.

"The agreement was reached during a meeting between Iraqi and American officials. Saddam will be handed over shortly before the execution." (source)

"...Al-Nueimi said U.S. authorities were maintaining physical custody of Saddam to prevent him from being humiliated before his execution. He said the Americans also want to prevent the mutilation of his corpse, as has happened to other deposed Iraqi leaders.

"The Americans want him to be hanged respectfully," al-Nueimi said. If Saddam is humiliated publicly or his corpse ill-treated "that could cause an uprising and the Americans would be blamed," he said." (source)

"...Haif'a, a schoolteacher in her thirties standing with her daughter, offered a typically Shia point of view. "It makes me happy to see him executed, he should have been killed three years ago, his people are still fighting because they believe he will come back," she said..." (source)

This may come as a shock to those on the left, but I don't want to celebrate anyone's death... I hate that we need a death penalty. I wish people wouldn't do things that warranted death.

...But, if I start to feel bad I'll just remember the guy who had his hands sawed off with no anesthesia...or the small children raped, imprisoned and killed, the fact that he raised monsters like Uday and Qusay, or the picture of the Kurdish women dead with her baby clutched in her arms...

UPDATE 1: "Hussein hanged, lawyer confirms"

Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless Baathist regime was toppled from power by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, was hanged Saturday for crimes committed in a brutal crackdown during his reign, U.S. and Iraqi sources tell CNN." (source)

UPDATE 2: I had no idea that President Bush was personally having Saddam executed to "keep his mouth shut", but that is what everyone at The Huffington Post and The Democratic Underground are saying, so it must be true...right?! I can't believe WE gave Saddam the wink and nod to invade Kuwait and gave him those weapons to gas the Kurds! Wow. Now I see why we they hung him so damn quick... I mean he blurted out everything else in court and I don't know why he wouldn't have said that, but if the DU says it --who are we to question...? (To give credit, neither Atrios or Kos have participated in this "theory"...yet. Though there were posts of rejoicing that Ford was dead over at Eschaton, which I found a bit odd...)

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