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Saddam Gallow’s Watch

by Pamela Leavey

Incase you missed Todd’s earlier post today on the Saddam death watch, it’s an interesting read on gallows history. AP News reports that Saddam will be executed within the hour. If you’re one of those folks who believes that famous people pass away in 3’s, Saddam will join James Brown and Gerald Ford, to be third famous person to pass away with in the past few days. How’s that for odd irony?

A U.S. judge has “refused to stop Saddam’s execution, rejecting a last-minute court challenge,” which means he’ll be swinging shortly…

The official witnesses to Saddam Hussein’s impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone in final preparation for his hanging, as state television broadcast footage of his regime’s atrocities.

With U.S. forces on high alert for a surge in violence, the Iraqi government readied all the necessary documents, including a “red card” — an execution order introduced during Saddam’s dictatorship. As his time waned, Saddam received two of his half brothers in his cell Thursday and was said to have given them his personal belongings and a copy of his will.

Najeeb al-Nueimi, a member of Saddam’s legal team in Doha, Qatar, said he too requested a final meeting with the deposed Iraqi leader. “His daughter in Amman was crying, she said, ‘Take me with you,'” al-Nueimi said late Friday. But he said their request was rejected.

The judge, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that “U.S. courts do not have jurisdiction to interfere in another country’s judicial process.”

The ruling can be appealed, but it was issued within an hour of the time Iraqi officials said they expected the execution to be carried out.

An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saddam would be executed before 6 a.m. Saturday, or 10 p.m. Friday EST. Saddam and others were convicted of murder in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from an Iraqi town where assassins tried to kill Saddam in 1982.

The Saddam death watch in blogosphere tonight encompasses the left and the right, Memeorandum has a plethora of links.

3 Responses to “Saddam Gallow’s Watch”

  1. Although I do not think the man had a fair trial, the death of Saddam Hussein today sets precedent that any world leader who invades another country under false pretenses and causes the death of many innocent people can be executed. Thank God that George Bush provided the example which can now be used to bind him over for trial and execution. With any luck it will be done in little more than two years time as well.

  2. As one of my readers astutely pointed out, Saddam was executed for crimes against humanity for the killing of 148 Iraqis.

    By extention, George Bush’s Iraq war is responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 American soldiers.

    In terms of numbers, doesn’t the larger number carry more weight?

  3. For me. it’s the realistic more than 400,000 Iraqi civillians who have died that seals Bush’s fate. Whether he gets tried or not. History will judge. Since most of these criminals are out for their own glory, we would hope that someday we could get more people to stop supporting them.