As most of you know by now, Saddam was executed last night in Iraq. Allah has a great round up of updates, as well as a video of the evil dictator walking to his death. The London Times has a 4 page obit that details in length the evil this man spewed upon the world, starting when he was young.
There is also the predictable response from the left, which is somehow still disturbing. The NYT’s John Burns says:
As I write this, flying hurriedly back to Baghdad from an interrupted Christmas break, Saddam makes his own trip to the gallows with an indecent haste, without the mercy of family farewells and other spare acts of compassion that lend at least a pretense of civility to executions under law in kinder jurisdictions. From all we know of the preparations, Saddam’s death was to be a miserable and lonely one, as stark and undignified as Iraq’s new rulers can devise.
The “indecent haste” is the biggest complaint the left can come up with, since none of them with any intellectual honesty could argue that Saddam did not deserve to be executed. Burns talking about “the mercy of family farewells” is actually ironic, since its been reported that Saddam’s half brother was hung along with him. I doubt there are many family left that would have shown up to his execution, even if they’d been allowed. Does Burns really think this murderer deserved anything better?
Gay Patriot has more links of lefties who are seriously messed up in the head (calling for George Bush to be executed?!), and I’ll link them since I can’t bear to put the actual links here on this blog.
[...] the more I watch it, the more it looks like a hit instead of a state execution
Also, Allah and Atlas have links to the full execution, if you are so inclined. I haven’t watched it yet, and I’m not sure I’m going to. Seeing his face as he walked up there, it was the first time he seemed even remotely human, but only for a fleeting second. I had a massive feeling of satisfaction and creepiness that swept over me that I’d prefer not to repeat for a long time.
I did end up watching the video, but honestly its almost impossible to hear what anyone is saying (obviously, since no one is speaking English), and the person taking the video has a hard time even keeping Saddam in the shot. Seeing Saddam’s face close up (the video in wide release on Fox, et. al.) had a much bigger impact than this sketchy video from a cell phone.
Also, from Healing Iraq, we finally have a full translation of Saddam’s last words:
This should dispel all rumours and conflicting media accounts about Saddam’s last words and the reaction of the audience.
Saddam (as the noose is put around his neck): Ya Allah (Oh God).
Someone in the audience: Mercy be on those who pray for Mohammed and the household of Muhammed (Everyone repeats the prayer, including Saddam) -
Executioner and two people in the audience: … And hasten his return (the Mahdi), curse his enemy and grant victory to his son, Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada! (This is a common Sadrist chant.)
Saddam (smirking): Muqtada? Is this your manhood? (unclear)
NSA Muwafaq Al-Rubai’i: To Hell!
Saddam: (laughing) … disgrace to you. (unintelligible)
Prosecutor Munqidh Al-Far’awn: Please, no.
Muwafaq Al-Rubi’i: Longlive Mohammed Baqir Al-Sadr!
Someone in the audience: To Hell!
Prosecutor Munqidh Al-Far’awn: No. Please, no. I beg you.
Saddam (solemnly recites the Shahada prayer): I witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah. I witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Mohammed is the- (trap door is opened).
Audience: Prayers for Mohammed and the household of Muhammed.
Someone: The tyrant has fell. May Allah’s curse be upon him.
Someone: May Allah’s curse be upon him.
(commotion in the hall)
Someone: No. No. Stay back.
Someone: Leave him for 8 minutes, boys. Don’t take him down.
Someone: Everyone. Stay back. Everyone. Back.
There was no denouncing American and Persians after his last prayers, as this New York Times story says, but perhaps that was before he was led to the gallows.
It utterly disgusts me that Sadr’s supporters have infiltrated every level of the state, and that the witnesses, including Iraqi government officials, have made this look like a sectarian issue. They were doomed to repeat Iraqi history by hanging their former oppressor and labeling it as justice. In a perfect situation, Saddam’s execution would have united Iraqis, but thanks to the actions of the new Iraqi rulers, it will only serve to divide further. I doubt any of them will prevail as much as Saddam did, though.
It would have been much more respectful and civil if the US or one of its allies had done the execution, but then we’d once again be the bad guys. Saddam did not deserve respect, but it would have benefited the whole world to have him just GO, with minimal circus. Like a common criminal. Seeing these supporters of Sadr (remember, Sadr is NOT our friend) taunt Saddam, then celebrate his death, doesn’t take away the satisfaction of Saddam being executed, but it does remind us that we have a long way to go in this battle on terror.