Is Saddam Hussein dead yet? Perhaps, Jules Crittendon of the Boston Herald thinks he may be dead already. "MSNBC citing a U.S. military source reports the Iraqi government has asked for Saddam to be turned over to their custody so his sentence of death can be executed by Sunday, before the start of Eid." Please read Crittendon's column, very moving.
Iraq the Model writes that "the year 2007 will definitely be without Saddam walking the ground....It's going to be a long night but it looks like the morning will bring the news Iraqis have long waited for…."
I can drink to that.
UPDATE: I don't know why the execution was carried out on Eid-al-Adha. That seems so unneccesary, a slap in the face to somebody. Contrary to the critics, I doubt that the U.S. government had anything to do with the timing, it was an Iraqui court and judge who decided on the sentence and the timing. A commenter at Gates of Vienna was very angry about the timing, her comment is here.
1. Was it necessary to have a bunch of sadr street thugs carry out the execution in a dungeon looking room? Even the effin insurgents manage to do their executions in nicer environments.... and they wear matching outfits.
2. Killing him on the morning of eid to the chant of 'muqtada muqtada muqtada' was an abomination. When I saw the official execution video, I couldn't understand why they had muted the sound. But after seeing the camera phone footage, it makes sense. Nearly every Iraqi I have spoken with believes this was literally an eid gift to iran, courtesy of his willing puppet maliki.
Dymphna of Gates of Vienna says "I find the American cooperation on the timing of this, whether through ignorance or a wrong-headed (again) policy of hands-off at just the wrong moment, disturbing in the extreme."