Saddam’s execution

Unlike the official video of Saddam Hussein’s execution, which shows only the final preparations before the hanging, an unofficial video — apparently taken by someone in the room with a cell-phone camera (!) — has appeared online, and it shows the whole thing, albeit with a lot of jerky and erratic camera movement. WARNING: Do not click the previous link unless you want to see Saddam Hussein hanged! (Obviously.)

Meanwhile, the American Thinker offers some historical perspective:

Most of the great butchers of the 20th century died of old age, in their own beds, some of them honored by millions. Not a single one met justice in the sense accepted in free states across the world. The handful who died otherwise are aberrations, victims of strange events that act as models for nothing.

There is one single exception – the hanging of Saddam Hussein on December 30, 2006 after a careful, lengthy trial carried out under extremely difficult circumstances according to internationally recognized judicial norms. The state of Iraq has succeeded where the rest of the civilized world has failed. It is a singular achievement, and it will stand.

(Hat tip: InstaPundit.)

9 Responses to “Saddam’s execution”

  1. Sean says:

    But like all the others, he died thinking himself a great Hero of the People, that everything he did he did for their Own Good.

  2. gillesroy says:

    Political designs behind Saddam’s execution :

    1. Saddam is clearly the scapegoat for an international war syndicate, which includes many in our current political leadership, both in front and behind the scenes. Evacuating due process, controlling evidence and terrorizing the defense team were all par for the course in Saddam’s trial. A key reason for the speedy road to execution, was to eliminate a prominent player and key witness of this international criminal war conspiracy, thereby avoid further indictment of members of our leadership, many of whom have been accessory to Saddam’s actual crimes.

    2. To « bookend » media fatigue and public indifference, re : Saddam’s trial. The whole point of the « trial » was to deliver a quick public execution, and thereby feed the hunger for blood so brilliantly cultivated in Western public opinion. An execution gives sense of heightened drama, and inagurates the next round of intensified bloodshed in the region… and beyond.

    3. Lastly, to make Saddam a martyr for (gasp!) sympathisers, thereby deepening chaos in the middle-east over a longer period of time. Certainly, the US-led war in Iraq can be called a success insofar as its central purpose has been to aid the spreading of chaos in the Middle-East.

  3. Brendan Loy says:

    Heh. Riiiight.

    Go back to watching YouTube videos of the 9/11 “conspiracy”…

  4. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    I think a video of Saddam Hussein being executed by guys chanting al-Sadr’s name does more to bolster al-Sadr’s standing with radical Shi’ites and fuel the anger of Sunnis. While it is good that Saddam is no longer a threat, this half-assed photo-op for al-Sadr is the latest example of how this thing is getting bungled at every step.

  5. Anonymous says:

    We heard you last time, Max. Try a new talking point.

  6. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    Anon-

    It deserves repeating.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Most things you say around here deserves the 1st time, let alone repeating.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Er, don’t deserve a 1st time. You know what I meant.

  9. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    “Most things you say around here deserves the 1st time, let alone repeating.”

    Thanks, Anon. Knew you would see it my way.

    Heh.