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Saddam Hussein is Dead

According to Fox News, that is what al Arabiya television is now reporting.

Update Here's the report from Reuters:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday


The former Iraqi president ousted in April 2003 by a U.S.- led invasion was convicted in November of crimes against humanity over the killings of 148 Shi'ite villagers from Dujail after a failed assassination bid in 1982.

An appeals court upheld the death penalty on Tuesday. Iraq's government has kept details of its plans to conduct the execution completely secret amid concerns it could spark a violent backlash from his former supporters.

From CNN:

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.

Take a look at HuffPo's response. It's nothing short of repulsive.

Update II: Early reports said that it would be video taped, and the BBC confirms that it was, indeed, recorded. As I said earlier, expect it to show up on YouTube at some point. Probably sooner than later.

Update III: Iraqi-Americans react to Saddam Hussein's execution.

In Dearborn, Dave Alwatan was among those who gathered at the Karbalaa centre. He wore an Iraqi flag around his shoulders and grinned. He flashed a peace sign with a hand at everyone he passed.

"Peace," he said, smiling and laughing. "Now there will be peace for my family."

Alwatan, 32, an Iraqi-American from Dearborn, added: "My dream has come true." Alwatan said Saddam's forces tortured and killed family members that were left behind when Alwatan left Iraq in 1991.


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Comments (34)

Ding Dong! Saddam is Dead!<... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

Ding Dong! Saddam is Dead!

About fricking time! I still think they shoulda dropped a grenade down his spider hole and fragged his ass.

/spit

Couldn't have happened to a... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Couldn't have happened to a better guy.

And in Cambridge, Berkeley ... (Below threshold)
cmd:

And in Cambridge, Berkeley and Ann Arbor, weeping, disconsolate Democrats are gathering in candelight vigils.

After all, Saddam was an honestly elected head of state, not like the Chimp pResident we have. And we armed Saddam, anyway. And this is all because Bushie wanted to avenge his daddy.

Any bets on how long it will be before the first Democrat whines "sure, it's good Saddam is dead, BUT. . ."

Hmm... The liberals must b... (Below threshold)

Hmm... The liberals must be crying too much to comment.

What's to say? He's been a... (Below threshold)
blackcat77:

What's to say? He's been a non-entity for at least three years and now he's dead. The question is whether he'll be a greater inspiration to the Sunnis and the Baathist dead than he was in jail.

Please do look at HuffPo vi... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Please do look at HuffPo via Kim's link; absolutely vile. If not for the reasonably good grammar, it could have been written by Wizbang's pitiable three-letter-named troll.

Old Coot. You leave JP2 alo... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Old Coot. You leave JP2 alone. He can't help it if he was born mentally retarded. Ooop's, not suppposed to say that. Developmentally disabled is now required in the EMS world. Hope they beheaded him after the hanging just to make sure. Store him away in a vat of pig blood.

Hmm... The liberals must... (Below threshold)
Neal:

Hmm... The liberals must be crying too much to comment.

Now I have read my fair share of stupid things on right leaning blogs, but this has got to be one of the best.


Show me just one simple example of any scary liberal who professed their admiration of saddam. Show me just one link to some terrible leftist crying over the death of saddam.

Just one.

You can't just say, good riddance to an evil bastard, can you? Have to make it seem like the left=the enemy.

Must be nice to think so black and white.


Well, considering most left... (Below threshold)

Well, considering most lefties didn't want us to go into Iraq, unless it was Bill Clinton leading the way...all we can say to you is...you're welcome.

Neal, did you read t... (Below threshold)

Neal, did you read the HuffPo post that Kim linked to?

I'd have left a comment there, but I'd feel too dirty for registering. *spits*

Good point, Neal. I will n... (Below threshold)
blackcat77:

Good point, Neal. I will never celebrate the death of anyone. I was glad when he was captured because at the point, he ceased to be an element in world affairs, but killing him seems to have created more dangers than it solved. He was already out of the picture, but killing him puts him front and center in the lives of all Iraqis in a way he hadn't been since the invasion.

Steve of Norway: So how wo... (Below threshold)
blackcat77:

Steve of Norway: So how would you classify me? I opposed Kosovo *and* Iraq...

Well did you read the Huff ... (Below threshold)
Neal:

Well did you read the Huff po editorial, Silver?

I didn't see one sentence that showed any remorse or sadness that saddam is dead, did you? It was a sarcastic piece, nothing more.

And there was some truth there as well, as much as that may upset you, like Reagan sending Rummy to shake hands with saddam when we were buds.

I totally expect every rightleaning blog to find their one kook in a crowd, their one ward churchill or cindy sheehan type that says something moronic, only to be played again and again in hannity land as certain proof liberals are the enemy.

All I can say is that any person who runs their country the way saddam did deserves to die slowly and painfully. I shed no tears, good f'n riddance indeed.


Hmmmmm has anyone heard fro... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hmmmmm has anyone heard from old "pucker puss"(lee lee)? Can you spell "sock"? Two new ones have shown up and soundoff like I have heard before. Hmmmmmm

jhow, oh come on. Are you ... (Below threshold)
Neal:

jhow, oh come on. Are you serious? Check my dang gone IP address if you want, I am not Lee. I speak for myself, cousin, don't need no fancy doppleganger.

Actually I think the Huffin... (Below threshold)
BC:

Actually I think the Huffington Post got it exactly right:

"1) To George W. Bush. It only cost $354 billion (and counting) and the lives of 3,000 very expendable US military to enable the President to demonstrate to his dad that he has a bigger Dick. Or is one...

"Isn't it ironic - don'tcha think? Saddam hung so that Dubya can prove that he's BETTER hung...

"2) To George H.W. & Barbara Bush for raising a child with such wonderful values.

"3) To Dick Cheney. If it wasn't for his remorse about his part in the "failure" in 1991 to kill off Saddam (one of the most cherished allies of the Reagan-Bush administrations) - he might not have had his "fever" to expend thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of American tax-payers' dollars getting Saddam this time around."

The bottom line is that

A) Hussein had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11.

B) The mastermind of 9/11, some chap named Osama bin Laden, is still out and about making occasional threats or giving lectures.

C) Bush is and will be the worst, most corrupt President in pretty much everyone's lifetime.

-BC

BC nice playing selective a... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

BC nice playing selective amnesia about the politics of the '80s.

Also, just maybe, there is terrorism outside of 9/11. Not to mention violations of the First Gulf War surrender terms serious enough for Clinton to bomb the piss out of Iraq.

Should the new troll's nam... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Should the new troll's name be spelled 'kneel'??

C) Bush is and wil... (Below threshold)
C) Bush is and will be the worst, most corrupt President in pretty much everyone's lifetime.

This gets so tiring from you trolls. But you can't expect anything less than these ridiculous sweeping fantasy-land generalizations which you try to impose on "everyone".

I speak for myself... (Below threshold)
I speak for myself,
Usually the word "speak" includes transmitting coherent thoughts

You haven't quite got the hang of it yet.

Is there any topic out ther... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Is there any topic out there that the HuffPo people don't see as an opportunity to talk about Bush?

Another acomplishment ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Another acomplishment for President Bush. Just what the Traitorcrats feared. President Bush succseefully accomplished what BJ Clinton could only dream of doing. If he could only get that thing off his Jock.

"Is there any topic out ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Is there any topic out there that the HuffPo people don't see as an opportunity to talk about Bush?"

I'll stop talking about Bush on November 5, 2008.

Lee, I'll doubt that. . yo... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Lee, I'll doubt that. . you'll be the charter member of the "B-b-b-b-b-but Bush!" brigade.

Lee, we would hardly want t... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Lee, we would hardly want to infringe on your right to free speech. Most of us just wish you'd do it somewhere else. And take BC with you -- you're made for each other.

Look, Hussein was indeed a ... (Below threshold)
BC:

Look, Hussein was indeed a brutal dictator always quick to murder when it suited his purposes. Apparently the only good thing you can say about him is that he maintained a rough-handed peace among the various antagonistic factions in Iraq, which we're finding out the hard way is not an easy thing to do.

But he was also considered a solid, anti-Communist ally by the US up until his invasion of Kuwait. Indeed the best evidence is that the CIA aided in the coup that brought him to power. England and the Reagan administration in particular were very supportive of Hussein, especially during the nasty Iran-Iraq War. Clinton, though, considered him a dangerous nuisance and use to fairly regularly slap him down militarily over various infractions of the "No-Fly Zone".

But at the time of 9/11 and especially afterwards, Hussein was basically just twiddling his thumbs. He had nothing to do with 9/11 and his support for terrorists pretty much only involved the Palestinians (who will likely miss him more than anyone). He had no use for bin Laden and actually had tried to capture al-Zarqawi.

So basically *all* of the reasons given by Bush and his people to invade Iraq were bogus. They took advantage of the emotions of 9/11 to persuade both Congress and the American people that Hussein was an immediate threat. The real reason for taking out Hussein was apparently political more than anything else: the PNAC, members of which included much of Bush's cabinet as well Bush's brother Jeb, for some time pushed for Hussein's removal on the rationale that Hussein was a disturbing influence on the Middle East especially in regards to US interests. Clinton justly ignored their very poorly thought-out advice, but Bush obviously took it to heart.

So a brutal dictator meets his end, not because he was a brutal dictator, but because he was brutal dictator no longer useful to us.

-BC

Aww haa that got old "pucke... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Aww haa that got old "pucker puss" (lee lee) back under his right monicker.
"neal"-which side are we cousins on? Wait a minute-p'p' and his socks can't write at the same time--hmmmmm.

Hmmm...it would appear that... (Below threshold)
BC:

Hmmm...it would appear that logical, history-aware, fact-based opinions are still not welcome here, although I'll grant that you guys are more tolerant than the screwier-than-thou Freepers. I'll probably return to my more usual Usenet environment after this weekend (I'm only trolling here because that "Calling all liberals" invite made me curious.)

While the design and structure of these types of blog sites makes postings more attractive than using plain old Usenet text, the little isolated worlds these blog sites have created, both on the right and the left, are somewhat disturbing. You end up with all these highly polarized groupthink communities where dissenting opinions, however reasonable, are barely tolerated if at all. While people have always tended to divide up or flock together along culural, philosophical and religious lines, the Internet, instead of creating a common pool of knowledge, has seemingly only exacerbated people's differences by creating endless little pools of not-quite-knowledge targeted towards very specific mindsets. Hence making it very convenient and easy for people to believe whatever they want to believe, however ludicrous it is in full, proper context.

Me thinks this is not good, not good at all....

-BC

Darleen, was that a pun in ... (Below threshold)
Jill:

Darleen, was that a pun in your last sentence? Good one!

Where is Ramsey Clark? Better keep him away from sharp objects. And rope.

Congratulations Wizbangers!... (Below threshold)

Congratulations Wizbangers!

One down, many more to go.

Bush now has a least one positive accomplishment in his war on terror! So the next time some mean old Liberal proclaims that Bush has nothing to show for his billions of dollars spent and the loss of thousands of American soldiers you can look back at today and be secure in the knowledge that he did at least get this one right.

So take the day off, bask in the glory of victory and let's go for two and get OBL next! What's a few more billion dollars and another couple of thousand soldiers killed if we can have euphoria like this every six years.

it would appear that log... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

it would appear that logical, history-aware, fact-based opinions are still not welcome here

Sure they are, BC, you just haven't presented any.

Amid all the lefty hand-wri... (Below threshold)
ben:

Amid all the lefty hand-wringing, has anyone noticed that Al Jazeera, the purveyor of videotaped beheadings, does NOT have a link to the video of Saddam's hanging?
http://english.aljazeera.net/

Hey, Neal - here's your lin... (Below threshold)

Hey, Neal - here's your link:

http://www.democratunderground.com/

Hey "[email protected]" glad you like... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey "[email protected]" glad you liked that one. So what's a "few" billion here and there to get rid of those that want us dead. Better then handing it out in goverment dowl for deadbeats. What day do you get your check?




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