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Saddam Executed
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 29, 2006

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed, according to two Arabic language media outlets. Earlier, an Iraqi judge told CNN Hussein would be hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, (10 p.m. Friday ET). The former president was convicted of crimes against humanity in connection with the killings of 148 people in Dujail.
Al-Arabiya television network reported that Barzan Hassan, Hussein's half-brother, and Awad Bandar, former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, were hanged after Hussein. All three were convicted of killings in the Iraqi town of Dujail nearly 25 years ago.
"Saddam's body is in front me," said an official in the prime minister's office when CNN telephoned. "It's over."
Pretty straight forward. Not much to add. Can't say I'll lose any sleep over it. I'm sure Hell's VIP room is occupied tonight.
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Who will be the 1st lefty to argue that Bush’s "lies" caused more death, so Saddam got a raw deal?
Written By: shark
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It won’t come from here, shark.

All I can say is hangin’ was too good for him.

Written By: vnjagvet
So just how long have you hated your father, Shark?
Written By: Rick Day
See a sarcastic visual of George Bush playing a round of “Hangman”…here:
Written By: Daniel DiRito
I wonder if they have plastic shredders in hell...
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Not that any of you care, but it seems clear that Saddam’s execution will directly cause the death of American military personnel. After all, according to CNN, Shias danced around Saddam’s corpse and shouted Shia slogans after he was cut down from the noose. Logically, Sunni guerillas will want to kill Americans for enabling the dishonor, even more than for the death itself.

The execution fueled the Sunni insurgency. Which will get Americans killed. And it didn’t have to.

Bush couldn’t even get the execution right.

Written By: mkultra
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(sniffing the bait... passing on it)
Written By: h0mi
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(sniffing the bait... passing on it)
Heh ... yup, pretty pathetic, even for MK.
Written By: McQ
I think this poem is pretty appropriate for this occasion:

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died on the streets.

Epitaph on a Tyrant, W.H. Auden.
Written By: Samuel Bowman
his whole endeavor, from the very start, has been about taking tawdry, cheap acts and dressing them up in a papier-mache grandeur — phony victory celebrations, ersatz democratization, reconstruction headed up by toadies, con artists and grifters . . .
The Iraq War has been many things, but for its prime promoters and cheerleaders and now-dwindling body of defenders, the war and all its ideological and literary trappings have always been an exercise in moral-historical dress-up for a crew of folks whose times aren’t grand enough to live up to their own self-regard and whose imaginations are great enough to make up the difference. This is just more play-acting.

These jokers are being dragged kicking and screaming to the realization that the whole thing’s a mess and that they’re going to be remembered for it — defined by it — for decades and centuries. But before we go, we can hang Saddam. Quite a bit of this was about the president’s issues with his dad and the hang-ups he had about finishing Saddam off — so before we go, we can hang the guy as some big cosmic ‘So There!’

Marx might say that this was not tragedy but farce. But I think we need to get way beyond options one and two even to get close to this one — claptrap justice meted out to the former dictator in some puffed-up act of self-justification as the country itself collapses in the hands of the occupying army.

Pretty much says it all. So Saddam is dead, can we go home now and throw that 20 million dollar victory party?
Written By: Davebo
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claptrap justice
Irrespective of one’s belief that the execution was part of Bush’s show, are you trying to claim that justice was not served by Iraqis finding Saddam guilty of mass murder and executing him? Would you have preferred someone just secretly put a bullet into the back of Saddam’s head and buried him in a mass grave without anyone knowing? What, pray tell, would you have done with Saddam to provide "justice"?
Written By: JWG
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After all, according to CNN, Shias danced around Saddam’s corpse and shouted Shia slogans after he was cut down from the noose. Logically, Sunni guerillas will want to kill Americans for enabling the dishonor, even more than for the death itself.

Mmmm, stinky bait....

Even assuming that followed in any type of fashion, Sunni guerillas would already be peeved about the Sunnis losing power as a direct result of the invasion.

Assuming that you are a lawyer and assuming that you believe that to be a logical conclusion, I can imagine that you would specifically reject anyone who actually has to think as part of their jobs during jury selection.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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So just how long have you hated your father, Shark?

AND I’m fairly certain that the "feelings" you harbour for your Cousin Darlene aren’t healthy either....
Written By: Joe
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Assuming that you are a lawyer
MK has never actually claimed to be a lawyer as far as I can remember. MK just likes to imply it.
Written By: JWG
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It’s over. Nobody’s impressed. Nobody’s sad. Saddamn’s execution was, simultaneously, an act of justice and an arbitrary and symbolic mutilation. In both ways, it’s an uninspiring metaphor for Iraq.

Nevertheless... he’s never coming back.
So can we go home now or what?
Written By: glasnost
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So can we go home now or what?
Would you ask about coming home from Afghanistan if we had proof that OBL was dead?
Written By: JWG
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I hope packed a lunch and carried a canteen, as I suspect it will be a while before he gets a cool drink of water.
Written By: timactual
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