News services, including NBC: Saddam to be hanged by Sunday – Conflict in Iraq – MSNBC.com are reporting that:
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins this Sunday.
And for many both inside and outside of Iraq it won’t come too soon for the butcher.
This should also take some of the wind out of the Baathists’ sails.
One interesting juxtaposition I noticed in the reporting was first this comment made by Saddam’s lawyer:
“I urge all the international and legal organizations, the United
Nations secretary-general, the Arab League and all the leaders of the
world to rapidly prevent the American administration from handing the
president to the Iraqi authorities,” he told The Associated Press.
Later in the report I saw this sentence from Saddam’s half-brother:
“He told them that he was happy he would meet his death at the hands of
his enemies and be a martyr and not just languish in prison in
At least Saddam and his half-brothers understand that the freely elected Iraqi authorities are his true enemies.
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