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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging at an unspecified location in Baghdad.
Iraqi TV said the execution took place just before 0600 local time (0300GMT).

Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on 5 November after a year-long trial over the 1982 killings of 148 Shias in the town of Dujail.

Two co-defendants, Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former Iraqi chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar, were also executed.

"Criminal Saddam was hanged to death," state-run Iraqiya television announced, as patriotic music and images of national monuments were broadcast.

A scrolling headline read: "Saddam's execution marks the end of a dark period of Iraq's history."

The TV station said Saddam Hussein's half-brother and the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court were also hanged.

US troops and Iraqi security forces are on high alert for any violent backlash. The US State Department has urged all its embassies to increase security.

The BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington says the Bush administration will see the act as turning a page in Iraq - a demonstration that Iraq has a sovereign and democratic government.


Because nothing says freedom and democracy like killing the last dictator.

I had just posted an entry about the possibility of Hussein being executed, and then, of course, it was done. It's sad, I think, because I happen to think executing anyone is a rather barbaric and horrible thing to do, and also because in this, there's a lot of hypocrisy going round. Did I like Hussein? No, not in any particular way, but there are very few leaders, past and present, in the world without any blood on their hands, and the dog and pony show that's been served since his capture has been an unpleasant one to see.

Worse, now that he is dead, the American administration (and many others) will claim that something good has been done, as if, suddenly, one man coldly murdered could justify what has happened in Iraq and around the world.

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kaolinfire
Dec. 30th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
well said. :/
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woosang
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Phew!
quote"I had just posted an entry about the possibility of Hussein being executed, and then, of course, it was done. It's sad, I think, because I happen to think executing anyone is a rather barbaric and horrible thing to do"endquote

I agree. I thought to execute is the easy way to deal with a problem. It would have been more suitable to have them all life in the local jail under the normal conditions. No I didn't like him, yes he was evil, but it solves nothing. The people he brutally tortured and killed are still dead.
mattdoyle
Dec. 30th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)
...and they forgot to ask him where all his weapons were before he died! ;)
capnoblivious
Dec. 30th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
...as if, suddenly, one man coldly murdered could justify what has happened in Iraq and around the world.

Yeah.
ex_chrisbil
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Isn't it slightly surreal that we were discussing it's timing just as it happened. Literally. 2:50GMT, I think.
benpeek
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
yeah, i know. pretty strange. you seen this?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6218485.stm

images from it.
ex_chrisbil
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Urgh... although I like the related link in the gutter? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6172243.stm
benpeek
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
yeah, i saw that. it's always kinda uncool to see that sort of thing. like when news reporters go from, 'tragedy today, and later, excitement as australia wins the cricket.' same breath and all.
mariness
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
According to the New York Times, Dubya went to sleep before the execution and was not woken up once it happened. Also, the article notes:

"When Mr. Hussein came to power three years before the Dujail killings, he ruled over an oil-rich country that was an economic and technical powerhouse in the Middle East with rising cultural and political influence. When he hurtled through the trap door of the gallows Saturday morning, the nation he left behind was a smashed and traumatized remnant, desperately trying to restore its own identity and its place in the world."

Or, as some might suggest, just trying to get the electricity back on again.
benpeek
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
yeah, i thought that new york times article was particularly aiming to have someone cast as the big bad villain...
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