Iraqis to videotape Saddam execution; Update: Saddam may not hang within 30 days?

posted at 11:46 am on December 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

I’ll do everything in my power to get it for you. Which is to say, I’ll do everything in Rusty Shackleford’s power.

They want it done by Eid, which means sometime in the next three days. Although according to one of Saddam’s lawyers, “The only person who can predict the execution of the president … is God and Bush.”

Meanwhile, in Baghdad, “[i]t is like an orchestra where everyone is playing a different song”:

The car parked outside was almost certainly a tool of the Sunni insurgency. It was pocked with bullet holes and bore fake license plates. The trunk had cases of unused sniper bullets and a notice to a Shiite family telling them to abandon their home.

“Otherwise, your rotten heads will be cut off,” the note read.

The soldiers who came upon the car in a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad were part of a joint American and Iraqi patrol, and the Americans were ready to take action. The Iraqi commander, however, taking orders by cellphone from the office of a top Sunni politician, said to back off: the car’s owner was known and protected at a high level…

As it stands, the police and military answer to different ministries, and within the police force the bureaucracy is divided even further between the regular police and the national police. On top of that are about 145,000 armed men who work as protection detail for the Facilities Protection Services, with minimal oversight, according to United States military officials.

There are also thousands of Shiite militia members and Sunni insurgents posing as security forces.

Click through and check out the photo.

Update: Time has a dismal report about a Sunni “alamo” in the middle of Baghdad formed by families displaced by the Mahdi army. A full-fledged assault by the Shiites as they ethnically cleanse Baghdad is expected within the next few months.

Update: The Iraqi government can’t agree on anything else. Why should they agree on killing Saddam?

A deputy justice minister told Reuters his department would not carry out the sentence for at least a month. The chief court spokesman said there was a “misunderstanding” on the statute and said Saddam might not hang until February or later.

Only if Iraq’s three-man Presidency Council issues a decree ordering the execution sooner would the Justice Ministry execute the ousted leader before January 26, the court’s Raed Jouhi told Reuters. If there were no decree, he would be hanged any time after that, at a date to be set by the Justice Ministry…

Tribunal spokesman Jouhi said: “There are two options.

“In death sentences issued by our court, if there is a presidential decree within 30 days, then they can carry it out at any time. But if there is no decree, then after these 30 days it becomes obligatory in any case and it will be up to the Justice Ministry to decide when it wants to carry it out.”

The Kurds want to wait until his trial for genocide against them is over. The U.S. wants to wait in hopes of getting the Baathist insurgents to negotiate. Won’t they renege on any deal reached, though, once the execution does finally take place?

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

I feel no sympathy for him. He’s getting off pretty damn easy.

VikingGoneWild on December 28, 2006 at 11:55 AM

It’ll be a hit on YouTube.

flipflop on December 28, 2006 at 11:58 AM

Let’s stop taking about it and do it. This bum was raised to be a murdering tyrant and the world will be a better place when he is dead.

rplat on December 28, 2006 at 11:59 AM

So, what type of hanging do they do there? The break the neck or the slow strangle (which isn’t slow in that you must lose consciousness quickly)?

EF on December 28, 2006 at 12:00 PM

I’m making the popcorn!!!

The only choice left is Tivo or live I guess.

Let’s see….appeals over with…He has to be executed in 30 days. It sounds just like the justice system here in America.

HarryStar on December 28, 2006 at 12:03 PM

I hope the execution is broadcast in HDTV 1080i/p.

.

GT on December 28, 2006 at 12:08 PM

I hope we get to see him wet his pants before they place the noose on him.

EF on December 28, 2006 at 12:09 PM

Even though he deserves to die, I find it hard to get giddy over anyone’s public execution. I don’t want to be like that Saudi newswoman.

CookeyD on December 28, 2006 at 12:10 PM

I would have suggested a public stoning…

JetBoy on December 28, 2006 at 12:13 PM

When Saddam meets his maker, he will be held accountable for every innocent murdered, every child orphaned as well as every other atrocity committed under his regime. The severity of whatever his execution method is pales in comparison to what awaits him. That is the real justice that will be done, not the execution itself.

jman on December 28, 2006 at 12:22 PM

The Revolution Will Be Televised after all…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 28, 2006 at 12:26 PM

I’m making up some BLTs and pouring some whiskey for this.

bbz123 on December 28, 2006 at 12:34 PM

Trailer

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 12:40 PM

“The Kurds want to wait until his trial for genocide against them is over. The U.S. wants to wait in hopes of getting the Baathist insurgents to negotiate. Won’t they renege on any deal reached, though, once the execution does finally take place?”

The sooner he swings, the better.

georgej on December 28, 2006 at 12:50 PM

CNN will not televise the death of anyone unless it is an American soldier. They could prove me wrong here but I doubt it.

Zetterson on December 28, 2006 at 12:55 PM

The U.S. wants to wait in hopes of getting the Baathist insurgents to negotiate.

georgej on December 28, 2006 at 12:50 PM

I say we do not negotiate. Let them identify themselves when they go wild after his execution and pick them off one by one.

jman on December 28, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Won’t they renege on any deal reached, though, once the execution does finally take place?

let me help you with that. It should read, “They will just renege on any deal reached, though, once the execution does finally take place”.

One Angry Christian on December 28, 2006 at 1:03 PM

CNN will not televise the death of anyone unless it is an American soldier. They could prove me wrong here but I doubt it.

You’re correct. However, in the very unlikely event ANY media outlet here in the U.S. shows it, it will be heavily edited and mostly like blocked out to spare us the emotional trauma. *gag*

SouthernGent on December 28, 2006 at 1:11 PM

let me help you with that. It should read, “They will just renege on any deal reached, though, once the execution does finally take place”.

One Angry Christian on December 28, 2006 at 1:03 PM

How about this:

“The will definitely renege on any deal reached whether or not the execution takes place because their word is worth no more than a gum wrapper stuck to the bottom of a shoe.”

jman on December 28, 2006 at 1:12 PM

I understand the Kurd’s point of view. They want this animal to be once and for all held accountable for the horrific attack on them. They want no doubt that Saddam ordered and was responsible for it. Too bad that wasnt the first trial.
But at this point, the sooner he dies the better all around. There is no negotiating with the Baathists. If there were, it would have already happened.
Do it and be done.

labwrs on December 28, 2006 at 1:15 PM

I’m making the popcorn!!!

The only choice left is Tivo or live I guess.

Let’s see….appeals over with…He has to be executed in 30 days. It sounds just like the justice system here in America.

HarryStar on December 28, 2006 at 12:03 PM

If they could just wait a little longer, I’m thinking during halftime at the Superbowl would be sweet.

infidel4life on December 28, 2006 at 1:27 PM

To whom should I send the rope?

He needs to swing. now.

To borrow a cliche: Just Do It

Marvin on December 28, 2006 at 1:28 PM

We need a betting pool for how many times he kicks at the end of the rope.

georgej on December 28, 2006 at 1:42 PM

Just hang the bastard already.

Pablo on December 28, 2006 at 2:04 PM

If there were no decree, he would be hanged any time after that, at a date to be set by the Justice Ministry…

I just thought of a great time for the hanging.

Now.

fogw on December 28, 2006 at 2:34 PM

Re the Kurd point of view: Is there such a thing in Iraq as trying someone posthumously?

mikeyboss on December 28, 2006 at 3:22 PM

Every day they should walk him partway to the gallows, each day taking him closer to his hanging. On the next to the last day place the rope around him, say some prayers…then say, “not today, tomorrow”. I want him to suffer. Maybe one of the days throw him in a pit with his beloved dogs that tore children apart, and let them take a leg or arm. Another day take his tongue, like he did so many times to dissenters. Make him suffer the suffering he caused others.

right2bright on December 28, 2006 at 4:13 PM

The U.S. wants to wait in hopes of getting the Baathist insurgents to negotiate. Won’t they renege on any deal reached, though, once the execution does finally take place?

Negotiate? With the Baathists? Isn’t that a bit foolhardy? Screw them. Execute Sodamn Hinsane and force their hand. Force them out into the open so we and the Iraqi forces can nail them!

Woody

You can live free holding the stock and possibly never have to pull the trigger, or you can try to live free at the muzzle. I prefer to hold the stock and live free. Those at the muzzle never seem to fare quite so well.

woodcdi on December 28, 2006 at 4:33 PM

kabc announced the execution will be in the next day or two. Don’t they have some sort of prohibition on executions on Friday? Lord knows, they have prohibitions on just about everything.

EF on December 28, 2006 at 5:33 PM

Every day they should walk him partway to the gallows, each day taking him closer to his hanging. On the next to the last day place the rope around him, say some prayers…then say, “not today, tomorrow”. I want him to suffer. Maybe one of the days throw him in a pit with his beloved dogs that tore children apart, and let them take a leg or arm. Another day take his tongue, like he did so many times to dissenters. Make him suffer the suffering he caused others.

right2bright on December 28, 2006 at 4:13 PM

I’m all for punishment, but even I can’t sanction ……. making him (fill in the blank… Jimmy Carter’s bodyguard, Jane Fonda’s new husband, Barbara Striesand’s tour manager, Chairman of the DNC, OBL’s press agent, or… Mahmoud’s whipping boy)

Well, maybe…… just this once.

Emmett J. on December 28, 2006 at 8:24 PM

I hope the execution is broadcast in HDTV 1080i/p.

GT on December 28, 2006 at 12:08 PM

I don’t know what it isl; but, I want it…

allie on December 29, 2006 at 12:17 AM

Oh for the love of God. This is the ultimate, f***ing up a hanging. If there is a way to ensure this will percipitate more violence and mayhem, the Iraqi “government” will find it.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 12:34 PM

That’s what I get for poking around in recent archives. More insipidity from honora.

It isn’t remotely possible in your worldview that those who commit violence are personally responsible for it, is it? Liberals must blame someone else as the precipitatory cause of every misdeed, not the perpetrator. Shame on you.

Freelancer on January 1, 2007 at 5:06 AM