MSM warms to brave, courageous Saddam (Update: now w/ Folk Songs!)

posted at 4:40 pm on December 30, 2006 by see-dubya

Oooh, he was so courageous and brave, the way he faced his execution.

And he made the trains run on time:

Those developments, so unwelcome to the Americans who so easily conquered this nation, showed that Mr. Hussein was also a unifying force whose painful grip held together Iraq’s many ethnicities and sects. Now, three years after his fall, Iraq has descended further into chaos.

His execution won’t bolster human rights law, you know, and Bush didn’t enjoy it and of course we were working with him all along before we decided to demonize him.

Gack.

UPDATE: Great MSM-Saddam themed folk songs appearing in the comments. Fire up the autoharp and keep ‘em coming!

UPDATE 2: Tim Blair lights into Robert Fisk’s loathesome, preachy eulogy for Saddam’s “dignity”. This part I like:

Terror groupie Fisk also reveals:

Like Donald Rumsfeld, I have even shaken the dictator’s soft, damp hand.

You sure it was his hand, Bob?

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…showed that Mr. Hussein was also a unifying force whose painful grip held together Iraq’s many ethnicities and sects.

Wow. They really had to work for that one. Murder is unifying. Check.

Pablo on December 30, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Meanwhile, Bush cowered from tornados…

ZRyan on December 30, 2006 at 5:03 PM

As Gateway Pundit says, this is a unique moment through which to view the full insanity (not figuratively speaking) of the Left. It’s an educational moment for any American who hasn’t figured out what the Left really is. Let the Left mourn and praise Saddam Hussein in full view of the world.

Halley on December 30, 2006 at 5:04 PM

Who was that other guy who kept things glued together?…Stalin!

Ropera on December 30, 2006 at 5:08 PM

You want a folk song? I’ll give you a folk song.

How many Kurds
must a man gas down?
Before they call him
a man?

Yes and how many
wars can one man start
against Kuwaitis
and Iranians?

And how many times
must the SCUD missiles fly
Before someone calls
his hand?

The answer, my friend,
is Hangin’ in the Wind.
The answer is hangin in the wind.

Jack M. on December 30, 2006 at 5:13 PM

So you want a folk song, eh? Here’s one by an MSM editor:

[satire]

Oh gather ‘round, good people,
And learn the wretched course
That led to the unfair murder
Of a Unifying Force,

Who held tough against oppression
In the form of the U.S.A.
And the Zionist cabals
That run rampant in our day.

Oh, sure, he torched a well or two,
And filled a few mass graves,
And his appetite for torture
Almost rivaled Abu Ghraib’s;

But the scamp had one fine virtue
By which all else must measured:
He was the enemy of our enemy,
And for that let him be treasured.

[/satire]

Oh, I’m in fine form today, I don’t mind sayin’!

ccwbass on December 30, 2006 at 5:14 PM

Right on, Jack M!

ccwbass on December 30, 2006 at 5:14 PM

Adolf Hitler received the Iron Cross second class in 1914 and, very rare for someone with such a lowly rank, the Iron Cross second cross in 1918.

He was physically a very brave man — much more so than many far better people.

How does acknowledging that Saddam Hussein faced his last moment with some dignity reduce the horror of his crimes?

It doesn’t. Likewise, he should be remembered and criticized for the tyrant he was, not for being a shivering coward, which he wasn’t.

Hiding from forces tracking you is common sense. Refusing a blindfold and facing your death calmly eyes wide open is takes physical courage.

I say that as someone who despises Saddam as I do Hitler.

Christoph on December 30, 2006 at 5:14 PM

Sorry, typo: that was the Iron Cross first class in 1918

Christoph on December 30, 2006 at 5:15 PM

Hmmm…NY Times and AP. Is anyone surprised?

flipflop on December 30, 2006 at 5:20 PM

“Down with the traitors, the Americans, the spies and the Persians.”

They left off the rest, which sources say reads:

“And big ups and mad props to my peeps at the DU, HuffPost and of course, my special little friend, Kos.”

JammieWearingFool on December 30, 2006 at 5:22 PM

Meanwhile, Bush cowered from tornados…

ZRyan on December 30, 2006 at 5:03 PM

Anyone with functional brain cells knows to seek cover from tornadoes. Can we safely assume that group doesn’t include you, based on the stupidity of your comment?

ReubenJCogburn on December 30, 2006 at 5:28 PM

Bet Dan Rather is sitting Shiva (Jewish period of mourning!) for the Democrats Martyr

iam7545 on December 30, 2006 at 5:31 PM

ReubenJCogburn, that was a comment intended to mock the drive-by media.

ZRyan on December 30, 2006 at 5:35 PM

In that case, I withdraw my snarkiness. My apologies. Mock away.

ReubenJCogburn on December 30, 2006 at 5:40 PM

Hang down your head Mad Saddam
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head you madman
Poor boy you got to die.

How’s that?

bdfaith on December 30, 2006 at 5:41 PM

The yahoo article was written by a real bed-wetter. “His jet black hair combed perfectly…”

shermacman on December 30, 2006 at 5:42 PM

Pinch will not be able to send him a card on Feb 14th this year.

Wander on December 30, 2006 at 5:45 PM

The excrible Juan Cole blames America for Saddam’s horrors;

Whom the Bell Tolls:
Top Ten Ways the US Enabled Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussain was one of the 20th century’s most notorious tyrants, though the death toll he racked up is probably exaggerated by his critics. The reality was bad enough.

The tendency to treat Saddam and Iraq in a historical vacuum, and in isolation from the superpowers, however, has hidden from Americans their own culpability in the horror show that has been Iraq for the past few decades…

/blame America 1st

Terp Mole on December 30, 2006 at 5:46 PM

MESA‘s resident Islamo-fascism apologist Juan Cole opines in Salon today;

Saddam: The death of a dictator
Through the bumbling of the U.S.-backed regime, justice becomes revenge, and a despot becomes a martyr.
The body of Saddam, as it swung from the gallows at 6 a.m. Saturday Baghdad time, cast an ominous shadow over Iraq. The execution provoked intense questions about whether his trial was fair and about what the fallout will be. One thing is certain: The trial and execution of Saddam were about revenge, not justice. Instead of promoting national reconciliation, this act of revenge helped Saddam portray himself one last time as a symbol of Sunni Arab resistance, and became one more incitement to sectarian warfare.

/gaze

Terp Mole on December 30, 2006 at 5:50 PM

Another unhinged Leftist for Saddam;

Robert Scheer: Silencing Saddam

The fact is that Saddam Hussein knew a great deal about the United States’ role in Iraq, including deals made with Bush’s father. This rush to execute him had the feel of a gangster silencing the key witness to a crime.

At Nuremberg in the wake of World War II the U.S. set the bar very high by declaring that even the Nazis, who had committed the most heinous of crimes, should have a fair trial. The U.S. and allies insisted on this not to serve those charged, but to educate the public through a believable accounting. In the case of Saddam, the bar was lowered to the mud, with the proceedings turned into a political circus reminiscent of Stalin’s show trials.

Apparently, Scheer is famous for interviewing Dhimmi Carter for Playboy.

/gaze

Terp Mole on December 30, 2006 at 5:54 PM

The final stages for Mr. Hussein, 69, came with terrible swiftness after he lost the appeal, five days ago, of his death sentence for the killings of 148 men and boys in the northern town of Dujail in 1982.

Please read, or re-read, slowly. How ridiculous can the NYT be? “Terrible swiftness” – …from killings in 1982.

They have reported with gusto everything real and imagined about this death, as if the region is not already prone to legends and ballads. By the time they’re done Saddam will surpass Zeus.

Next from the NYT “Saddam let a fart in the last few moments of his significant life”. Then in the text “..,thus the stench in the small death chamber. However, this was a courageous and defiant fart, against the Americans and Persians, not one of weasely wussitude and desperation in the face of his imminent death”.

Entelechy on December 30, 2006 at 5:56 PM

Why is it that, if you’re a Democrat and you achieve diplomatic relations with a tyrant, you’re a forward-thinking pacifist. If you’re a Republican and you achieve diplomatic relations with a tyrant, you’re compicit in his crimes and misdeeds, an enabler, a co-conspirator?

What alternative do these re-historians allow Republicans other than going to war with each and every despot around the globe? I thought they were against that?

The answer is simple. Leftists have clear knee-jerk responses, ala “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”, for any action a Rupublican administration takes, regardless of reality. Thus they do not have to soil themselves with actual thought.

stonemeister on December 30, 2006 at 6:07 PM

Note the NY Times article referred to that friggin butcher as “Mr. Hussein” …. so many times I stopped counting and started puking.

Do ya think times haven’t changed (no pun intended)?

Imagine an article written by the NYT following the discovery of Hitler’s dead body in the bunker, reading something like this:

Mr. Hitler chose not to face his Russian enemies …… Mr. Hitler was killed by a single gunshot to the head …. Mr. Hitler wore a neatly pressed uniform ….. Mr. Hitler, Mr. Hitler, Mr. Hitler.

Are you kidding me?

These ruthless murdering tyrants are UNDESERVING OF ANY RESPECT.

Well, except in the eyes of the New York Times.

fogw on December 30, 2006 at 6:10 PM

Saddam dead? Well, there are a few more dictators left to be dealt with.

gary on December 30, 2006 at 6:11 PM

OK. Saddam is dead. It’s over.

Did anyone here expect anything different from the loony left? The nutcases will continue to spew wacky anti-American garbage for as long as freedom of speach continues in the country. Of course if they had their way, only THEIR speach would be allowed.

In the meantime, an honorable American has passed. I’d rather honor him than pay attention to anything the media has to say about an insane, murderous dictator.

Saddam is dead and I so do not care.

Talon on December 30, 2006 at 6:11 PM

I don’t understand what their problem is.

Crazy lefties hate Bush because he’s “King George” (and other crap like that), and they love dictators like Saddam Stalin, and Castro… And yet if they lived under such a dictator, they would be among the first to die.

Don’t those sheeple have any sense of self preservation?

Death of Evil Genocidal Madmen = Good/victory for all mankind.

Episode 9 of Band of Brothers is a Solemn experience.

Visiting Arlington National Cemetary is a Solemn experience.

Saddam’s execution is a cause for celebration and joy. And those that disagree either do not understand the context around the word solmn.

Saddam’s deat can be described as: momentous, conclusive, consequential, grave, historic, material, meaningful, memorable, notable, pertinent, pivotal, positive, potent, powerful, significant, vital

oh yes, there is a veritable thesarus of words to describe Saddam’s execution. But anyone who disagrees with it, or thinks his execution was wrong has a poor perception of reality.

Jones Zemkophill on December 30, 2006 at 6:15 PM

” — and all is well, outside his
cell, But in his heart he hears the
hangman Calling and the gallows
falling And his white-haired mother’s
tears…”

kiakjones on December 30, 2006 at 6:20 PM

The MSM the proud carriers of anti americanism and propaganda.

Traitors to the core.

William Amos on December 30, 2006 at 6:21 PM

Ding Dong Saddam is dead. Saddam is dead…

finally dead. Ding Dong the wicked bastard’s dead….

robo on December 30, 2006 at 6:22 PM

Heck, the MSM even loves all the Republican Presidents, AFTER they are dead. Liars and deceivers is all they are.

NRA4Freedom on December 30, 2006 at 6:32 PM

This sort of idiocy leaves me just speechless. I really just cannot find the right words to express how contemptable I find this reaction to be.
What planet are these people from?

billy on December 30, 2006 at 7:06 PM

This reminds me of the Styx tune “hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don’t have very long” –renegade you had it made………..they finally found you…

poetic justice indeed………..

ritethinker on December 30, 2006 at 7:20 PM

Well, now the left can finally feel good about having their flags at half staff this week. Because you just know they begrudged the hell out of it before the execution. It’s clear who they really mourn.

Laura on December 30, 2006 at 7:29 PM

Good article. He excuses himself for feeling pity, but at least has the decency to acknowledge that Iraqis might have reason to disagree.

That I could feel pity for him struck the Iraqis with whom I talked as evidence of a profound moral corruption. I came to understand how a Westerner used to the civilities of democracy and due process — even a reporter who thought he grasped the depths of Saddam’s depravity — fell short of the Iraqis’ sense, forged by years of brutality, of the power of his unmitigated evil.

It’s not just Iraqis who feel that way. What a perfect way to describe the state of the MSM – “profound moral corruption.”

Laura on December 30, 2006 at 7:51 PM

I hope the NY Post puts him in the Noose on the front page, Headlines — A Real Swinger

StuLongIsland on December 30, 2006 at 8:06 PM

Keeping everyone in line sure is easy when you’ve got their feet nailed to the floor……..

Seixon on December 30, 2006 at 8:16 PM

Come gather round people wherever you roam
and admit that the waters around you have grown
and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
if your bells, they be worth ringin’
and you’d better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
for Saddam, he is a swingin’

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
and hold your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again
He stood with the liberals and the ol’ MSM
And there’s no tellin’ who might be singin’
If the evil George Bush hadn’t stolen command
for Saddam, he is a swingin’

Come Senators, Congressmen please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
Madam Pelosi please hasten the fall
of the Chimpler whose power is clingin’
Please beware the neocon PNAC cabal
for Saddam, he is a swingin’

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
and don’t criticize what you can’t understand
your sons and your daughters go to fight for your land
they’ve been duped by Republican blingin’
The end of the Shrubler will soon be at hand
for Saddam he is a swingin’

The line it is drawn, the curse it is case
The slow one now will later be fast
as the present now will later be past
the Liberty Bell it is ringin’
For the the Kurds and the Shiites, and the dissidents all
for Saddam, he is a swingin.

Farmer_Joe on December 30, 2006 at 8:21 PM

[fogw] Note the NY Times article referred to that friggin butcher as “Mr. Hussein” …. so many times I stopped counting and started puking.

Yeah… I bet if he’d earned his Ph.D they’d be calling him “Dr. Hussein – Dr. Hussein did this, Dr. Hussein did that, then they put the noose around Dr. Hussein and dropped him like a common criminal…”

RD on December 30, 2006 at 8:24 PM

In 1979 al-Bakr started to make treaties with Syria, also under Ba’athist leadership, that would lead to unification between the two countries. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad would become deputy leader in a union, and this would drive Saddam to obscurity. Saddam acted to secure his grip on power. He forced the ailing al-Bakr to resign on July 16, 1979, and formally assumed the presidency including the title of al-rais (the leader).

Shortly afterwards, he convened an assembly of Ba’ath party leaders on July 22, 1979. During the assembly, which he ordered videotaped, Saddam claimed to have found spies and conspirators within the Ba’ath Party and read out the names of 68 members who he thought could oppose him. These members were labeled “disloyal” and were removed from the room one by one and taken into custody. After the list was read, Saddam congratulated those still seated in the room for their past and future loyalty. The 68 people arrested at the meeting were subsequently put on trial, and 22 were sentenced to execution for treason.

Yet, it’s all Bush’s fault somehow….

Mortis on December 30, 2006 at 8:33 PM

Saddam’s personal ad:
Well hung, goes down, swings both ways.

rokemronnie on December 30, 2006 at 10:42 PM

I closed my eyes
Only for a moment and the moment’s gone.
All he did
Passed before my eyes, an atrocity

Dust in the Wind. All he was was dust in the Wind.

Same old song, just an aging tyrant in an endless sea
All he did…crumbled to the ground though Donks refused to see…

Dust in the Wind. All he was was dust in the wind

Oh, ho, ho

Now,
Don’t hang on – nothing lasts forever, except the leftist’s cry…
It slips away… and all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind. All he was was dust in the wind…
Dust in the wind. Saddam Hussein’s dust in the wind…
The wind…

(ad lib Steve Walsh-ish vocal)

Good Lt on December 30, 2006 at 11:00 PM

As Gateway Pundit says, this is a unique moment through which to view the full insanity (not figuratively speaking) of the Left. It’s an educational moment for any American who hasn’t figured out what the Left really is. Let the Left mourn and praise Saddam Hussein in full view of the world

Ditto. CNN has apparently realized how lauding Saddam makes their team look bad, and has been putting more and more emphasis on James Brown.

But luckily for sane persons, the Print Left will spend another day or two weeping & gnashing over Saddam

Janos Hunyadi on December 30, 2006 at 11:20 PM

I’m waiting for the Saddam tribute album from the Dixie Chicks.

x95b10 on December 30, 2006 at 11:37 PM

Think of this way:
This was the last love letter AP and Al-NY Times will get to write to their beloved Saddam…

Doctorted on December 30, 2006 at 11:44 PM

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin…
For I can see the gates of hell…
Do not forsake me, on my darlin….
For I am leaving
The MSM is weepin
Yes I can see the gates of helllllllllllllllllllllll

Limerick on December 31, 2006 at 12:45 AM

You have to look at the term ‘hero’ from a Liberal’s perspective. If your idea of a ‘war hero’ is John Kerry then Saddam would amply qualify.

Come to think of it I cannot imagine John Kerry quietly dying on the end of a rope. The begging and pleading and screaming would be heard all the way to Boston and there would be more bribes offered than even the Corleone Family could afford. “Take my wife, please.”

MaiDee on December 31, 2006 at 12:54 AM

showed that Mr. Hussein was also a unifying force whose painful grip held together Iraq’s many ethnicities and sects.

Uh, I’m sorry, cokehead, but you aren’t a ‘unifying force’ if the only thing your people have in common is their fear of death at your hands.

Wolfman on December 31, 2006 at 5:14 AM

Saddam was a vile, putrid animal that beat his countrymen into submission and murdered those that failed to fall in lline. Any media entity that would even mildly glorify him or rationalize his behavior is as sick and warped as he was.

rplat on December 31, 2006 at 8:53 AM

showed that Mr. Hussein was also a unifying force whose painful grip held together Iraq’s many ethnicities and sects.

Yes, they are all held together in the same mass graves. Or held together against the terror squads. Or held together in their hatred (and fear) of a ruthless dictator.

I can just see the tears running down the face of the ‘columnist’ as he pounded this tripe out on his word processor.

rmgraha on December 31, 2006 at 11:05 AM

Hey, remember that reporter who admitted crying over Arafat? I don’t think it was Christiane Amanpour, but I’m not sure.

Laura on December 31, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Laura, I believe it was a BBC reporter, who got sanctioned…

Entelechy on December 31, 2006 at 5:08 PM

Everybody! Sing along!

Oh, give me a home, where the Saddams don’t roam,
Where the Sunni and Shia can play,
Where seldom is heard,
a terrorist word,
and the Kurds are happy all day.

Home, home in the sand,
where the Sunni and Shia can play,
Where Saddam don’t roam,
And our guys can come home,
and John Kerry will go home and stay.

bloggless on December 31, 2006 at 9:30 PM

bloggless, the big assumption is that Mrs. Heinz welcomes him home and wishes to keep him there…

Entelechy on January 1, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Hey Entelechy, have a great new year. I will probably not be around. The right wing view of the world gets more and more bizarre as their ranks dwindle and I really are finding it tiresome.

(Reminds me of that old joke about the proud mother watching the soldiers marching down the street. Her son is among them and the only one out of step. Her comment: “Oh look, everyone’s out of step but Johnney.”)

Nonetheless I have enjoyed “chatting” with you and wish you and yours a joyous and prosperous new year.

honora on January 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM

I humbly submit “The Saddam Song” sung to the tune of “The Hammer Song”:

If I had a gallows
I’d hang ‘em in the morning
I’d hang ‘em in the evening
All over Iraq
I’d hang all the traitors
I’d hang all the Jews
I’d whip up the hate between the Sunnis and the Shiites
All over Iraq.

If I had a shredder
I’d shred ‘em in the morning
I’d shred ‘em in the evening
All over Iraq
I’d shred the Kurds
I’d shred the Persians
I’d make my psycho sons press the little shredder button
All over Iraq

If I were a Baathist
I’d throw you off a building
I’d rape your wife and daughter
In front of your face
I’d beat you senseless
Hang you from a ceiling fan
What the hell you think you gonna do about it
In Saddam’s Iraq?

Well I’ve got a gallows
And I’ve got a shredder
And the Baathists rule
All over Iraq
It’s the gallows of Saddam
It’s the shredder of Uday
It’s the Baathist party who will kill you if you cross us
All over Iraq

Tantor on January 2, 2007 at 7:23 PM