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Saturday, 30 December, 2006

Ding-Dong, Saddam Is Dead
(with comments)

Saddam dies a broken man

Convicted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died with fear in his eyes yesterday. The tyrant showed no remorse for killing millions of his own people, instead cursing the Western world in a last act of defiance, witnesses said.

Moments later he was dead and his executioner and government officials danced around his body in jubilation.

The deposed leader, 69, shuffled to the gallows about 2pm Melbourne time carrying a copy of the Koran. Hands bound behind his back and his ankles shackled, he asked guards to loosen his manacles but refused to let authorities cover his head with a black hood.

Then he was led to the trapdoor of the gallows, where, five minutes later, he died in "the blink of an eye". Among his last words was a Muslim profession of faith: "There is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet."

Does he get the 72 virgins?


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  1. By Dr. Spammy. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @08:46am:
    WakawaAAiba in Arabic translates into "full-breasted women", but that's just one translation. Sheik Abdul Colonel Sanders of Kuwait says it also translates into "big chicken breasts". Maybe Saddam is just getting a "bucket to go".

    Professor Frank Purdue of Poultry University agrees that the second translation is more accurate.
  2. By Dinsdale Piranha. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @08:59am:
    Its a shame Johnny Cash was not still alive to provide the background
    music for Sadaam's neck stretchin ceremony.....
  3. By Imagineer. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @09:04am:
    "The Vatican called the execution "tragic", saying it could feed a spirit of vengeance."

    You betcha. Rope the Pope to atone for Catholic atrocities. No, that's too merciful. Burn him at the stake.
  4. By George Bush Hater. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @09:09am:
    Wow! Now terrorism is finally beaten in the world! They said W was an idiot, said he was an #######. Now who's laughing!?

    Saddam, that Al Qeda warhorse, is dead. Mission Accomplished indeed! War is finally over!

    Good job, Brownhole!
  5. By KS. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:03am:
    Saddam is dead but 68 Iraqis got killed anyway: http://snipurl.com/1677y

    3 U.S. Marines & 3 U.S. soldiers also died today.

    "First it was weapons of mass destruction. Then when there were none, it was that we had to find Saddam. We did that, but then it was that we had to put him on trial," said Spc. Thomas Sheck, 25, who is on his second tour in Iraq. "So now, what will be the next story they tell us to keep us over here?"
  6. By john beardsworth. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:05am:
    Sad he's been put out of his misery. Assuming he believed he was on for 72 virgins, imagine how he'd have enjoyed sitting through the trials he's now skipped, like the one for his campaign against the Kurds?
  7. By Rix. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:13am:
    Dollars and Sense:

    According to Forbes Magazine of July 1999, Saddam Hussein’s personal wealth estimated at nine billion dollars.

    The cost the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, as maintained by the National Priorities Project, as of 12-12-2006 was nearly 350 billion dollars.
    (The number is based on US Congress appropriations and does not include future medical care for soldiers and veterans wounded in the war)

    Not a good bargin in my book.
  8. By cj_. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:43am:
    Take that Al Qaeda.
  9. By wally the duck. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:45am:
    I'm not sure what your point is, Rix. Are you saying that any dictator who is expensive to depose should remain in power? Or are you saying that Saddam was removed in order to get his personal wealth but it ended up costing too much? Or just that money is the measure of all things?
  10. By TrevOverT. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:52am:
    Yes, Imagineer, the Vatican did'nt like the Nazis losing either. That's two down, wonder who the third will be.
    Understanding that the world is stuffed with power hungry corrupt machiavellian tyrants on all fronts it is imperative that they be kept to a minimum until the New World Order takes over, and that can only happen after a major pandemic/war/earthquake/tsunami/meteor strke has brought the world population down to a more manageable level.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO US ALL.
  11. By adaminnyc. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @10:57am:
    so what he's dead.
    without regan, poppy bush, cheney and rummy selling him billions of dollars worth of arms (including precursors to chemical and biological weapons) in the first place we wouldn't have had to spend all the effort deposing him. he may have been a monster, but he was created right here. you'd think we learnt our lesson? no. we are doing the same thing by arming the ethiopian army and the brutal indonesian army.
  12. By Fred. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @11:00am:
    Good. Now at least he (nor his administration) will not be filling any more mass graves with their victims of their weapons of mass destruction.
  13. By another larry. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @11:07am:
    maybe in a few years we can see bush, cheney and all their buddies get the same treatment
    maybe like that old Hang'em High film
  14. By adaminnyc. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @11:11am:
    I wouldn't mind that in the slightest. I might be tempted to dance in the street waving a sandal in the air too.
  15. By Ferret. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @11:12am:
    500,000 Iraqis killed by UNICEF sanctions; 625,000 Iraqis killed since the invasion - so now we're up to 1,125,001. Good work.
  16. By Keith Povall. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @11:23am:
    About these virgins... What if you are a woman entering the kingdom of heaven or worse gay ? What would you do with all those virgins then ? If you ask me. it's virgin on the ridiculous.
  17. By Chase. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @11:34am:
    I didn't know Saddam could sing! http://www.emusic.com/album/10950/10950759.html
  18. By Mikey. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @12:02pm:
    They all got 72 virgins, but each, and every last one of them looked just like Mike Ditka.
  19. By Max Murdoc. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @12:13pm:
    Do away with corruption in politics and religion (as a whole) and the planet would be a better place to live. Think about it....most wars are because of religion and politics.

    Why do we continue to ignore the truth? We need to stand up and take back what is right. On the political front, we need a body of citizens to oversee ALL political issues and when some form of corruption is detected, oust the people responsible....as for religion, tax the crap out of them and keep them away from influencing politics. Keep your beliefs to yourself.

    Talk about beating a dead horse......sheesh.
  20. By Dee. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @12:19pm:
    ***********************************************

    Where do you get the statistic that Saddam killed "millions" ?

    ***********************************************
  21. By MAPLE LEAF. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @12:27pm:
    But for the execution, it was just another bloody day in Iraq. The reality is that his execution will change nothing.
  22. By boswell. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @12:53pm:
    A sad day for Justice. While there seems little doubt of his guilt, his trial was a travesty. The Nuremberg war crimes trials set standards of jurisprudence which reflected democracy's commitment to the rule of law.For US and British officials to be smugly congratulating Iraq for this monumental farce is a dishonour to the integrity and majesty of that event of some sixty years ago
  23. By Thrash Cardiom. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @12:59pm:
    This amuses me:

    Oxbridge-educated Dr Zuckermann, fluent in 11 languages, including Arabic, mentions a recent theory that 'the Koran's promise to Muslim martyrs, hur 'in, might have been not 72 virgins - dark, wide-eyed (maidens) - as most commonly believed, but rather 72 sultanas(!) - white (grapes), jewels (of crystal). Syriac hur is a feminine plural adjective meaning 'white' and is associated with 'raisin'. 'If one could convince fundamentalists that this alternative interpretation is true, it has the potential to reduce, obviously not to obliterate, the number of suicide bombings.'
  24. By Thrash Cardiom. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @01:01pm:
    Absolutely agree, boswell. While there is little doubt of Saddam's guilt, the trial was a mockery of justice and fairness.
  25. By Candidus. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:01pm:
    A sad day for Justice. While there seems little doubt of his guilt, his trial was a travesty. The Nuremberg war crimes trials set standards of jurisprudence which reflected democracy's commitment to the rule of law.

    Creating ex post facto law, making up the rules of evidence as you go, and convicting people in absentia aren't what most people in democratic societies consider "the rule of law." Prosecuting the Nazi leadership for committing "crimes against peace" in front of a Soviet judge was also a nice touch.

    Not having followed Saddam's trial at all, I have no idea how shamilicious it was, but the extent to which it may have been does not negate the justice of stretching the rotten bastard's neck.
  26. By Candidus. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:16pm:
    For US and British officials to be smugly congratulating Iraq for this monumental farce is a dishonour to the integrity and majesty of that event of some sixty years ago.

    Yes, the democratic nations at Nuremberg showed so much integrity to their principles by hanging Julius Streicher for what he published in a newspaper.
  27. By Tom Perry. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:30pm:
    Saddam is dead, and nothing will change because of it. The idea of the nation of Iraq is a bad one: as I have mentioned previously. Saddam's methods held Iraq together, little else has worked; that goes to show Iraq is an ill conceived idea. U.S. troops will leave "Iraq" one day, and then the inhabitants can get on with making their own political settlement. Every dollar, and drop of blood expended since Saddam's government was toppled has been for nothing.
  28. By Imagineer. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:44pm:
    "maybe in a few years..." Share your sentiments, there another larry but given the high unlikelihood of that ever happening, I entertain myself with thoughts of Cheney overeating at a State dinner and blowing a heart valve while perched on a White House toilet. Cheney with his pants down and grasping for the toilet paper...now that would be a fitting...end to the debacle of Iraq.
  29. By biff. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:47pm:
    Meanwhile......

    bin laden and al zawahiri are laughing all the way to the recording studio to make their next infomercial.
  30. By another larry. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:50pm:
    haha.. blown heart valve! Would that affect him? Most likely he'd keep eating away at the rotting bowl of carp.
  31. By MAYORBOB. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:51pm:
    Saddam dies a broken man? We all die broken men (and women) to some degree. Let's see, he walks to his execution, shows no remorse for anything he did, refuses the hood and resolutely accepts his fate. Not a nice guy and never one who was ever on my Xmas card list. But, all the ######## being slung about him being broken or seeing fear in his eye is just that ########.
  32. By Rance. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @02:55pm:
    I liked the way it was handled. Quick and to the point! No dilly dallying around. We need more of that in our own country. Quit feeding and nursing the extreme criminals. Let's just killem quick, and bury them in unmarked graves. Think of the millions that would be saved in tax dollars. That could go toward education maybe?
    But we should wrap up our existence in Iraq and bring the troops home like next week.
  33. By wally the duck. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @03:03pm:
    Yes, Rance, we should. It would be a good thing for everybody.
    The show is over; the Iraqis will go through a period of internal conflict - exactly like any gang turf war anywhere in the world - whether we are there or not. The Islamic jihadists can go off to Somalia to become martyrs to the Ethiopians (who will martyr them with none of the remorse that Americans feel).

    Next big show: Cuba. Stay tuned.
  34. By Moon. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @04:13pm:
    It teaches the world one other thing. If you are an ally of the US, we could turn on you at any time.

    Just as a history buff, I wish they would have kept him alive to tell his story in a few years. A lot of it would be bull, but still, I bet it would be interesting.
  35. By Moon. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @04:14pm:
    Mikey
    They all got 72 virgins, but each, and every last one of them looked just like Mike Ditka.


    Hahahahaha! I did a spit take when I read that!

    /I'm stealing it! :D
  36. By Jules. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @05:00pm:
    Well.
    The breaking news interrupted my Final Jeopardy.
    I had to Google the answer.

    Couldn't they have waited until the "regular" news to let me know?
  37. By EOS 36. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @05:16pm:
    I can always count on the JWalk blog for the stupidest, least insightful commentary on the web.

    Thanks for not disappointing me.
  38. By Andie. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @05:34pm:
    If that's how you feel, EOS 36, why visit the site? Do the rest of us a favor and stay away.
  39. By Candidus. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @05:37pm:
    If that's how you feel, EOS 36, why visit the site?

    "You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses."
  40. By wally the duck. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @06:07pm:
    Thanks, EOS 36, for keeping the streak alive.
  41. By Frank. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @06:46pm:
    Is Mary one of the 72 or does she no longer qualify?
  42. By biff. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @07:45pm:
    ...for the stupidest, least insightful commentary on the web...


    ...visit tom delay . com
  43. By Doug. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @08:15pm:
  44. By Yo. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @08:34pm:
    Andie,

    In case you haven't noticed yet, criticism is part of life.
  45. By Dinsdale Piranha. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @09:39pm:
    Here it is finally Sadaam the Movie
    Click here to watch 'sadaam'
  46. By Jim Kloss. Comment posted 30-Dec-2006 @09:56pm:
    Being ever the Straight A Student I always aspired to be, I used the event as a morose opportunity to learn about what actually happens when one is hung. If that's not enough to turn your stomach, here's more - with pictures!
  47. By WWW. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @02:20am:
    Don't let it stop here. The good ol' USA has some prime candidates for the gallows pole.
  48. By 25-O'Clock. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @03:37am:
    Saddam and Pinoche were both killers ; no difference, whatsoever.

    It's utter disgrace that there's double standards to let Pinoche by-pass the gallows.
  49. By Woody. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @07:04am:
    another larry wrote: maybe in a few years we can see bush, cheney and all their buddies get the same treatment maybe like that old Hang'em High film

    It's pretty sick to compare a Stalin-type dictator, who tortured and murdered over a million people, to a U.S. President trying to free those citizens from the dictator's reign and the world from his threats.

    Your hate for President Bush exceeds any rational position and completely ignores Hussein's injustices, acknowledged by the U.N. but which was impotent in stopping it. The families of those who were murdered are grateful for President Bush acting and ending Hussein's terror, while U.N. representatives let him get away with his destruction as long as they received kick-backs from the food-for-oil program.

    President Bush got this one right, but maybe you can celebrate Hussein's birthday along with Stalin's if you find them more in line with your views than those of our President.
  50. By R2K. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @08:25am:
    Smell ya later Sadam, smell ya later forever.
  51. By Imagineer. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @08:43am:
    "...a U.S. President trying to free those citizens from the dictator's reign and the world from his threats."

    Still waving your little flag, Woody? Long way from Shock & Awe to shuck and jive...

    Dinsdale, can't decide which video I enjoyed more.
  52. By wally the duck. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @09:53am:
    You don't seem to be able to handle other opinions, another larry.
  53. By Woody. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @10:58am:
    another larry, you just illustrated quie well how insane the left can be.
  54. By Cindy in Wasilla. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @11:57am:
    We are so used to waiting years and years for things to happen, I'll confess to being surprised at the speedy justice. Was I the only one?
  55. By Toad. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @12:04pm:
    Hey Straight A Student Kloss, the proper word for the execution is "hanged", not "hung".

    I already know what it's like to be hung.
  56. By J-Walk. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @12:24pm:
    speedy justice

    A bit too speedy, I think I would have liked to see some other charges brought against him. Right now, Saddam Hussein will go down in history as being convicted of killing 148 people. And he <i>allegedly<> killed x-number of others. What's x? Thousands? Millions?
  57. By Curtis. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @12:38pm:
    I watched the cellphone video. Hussein was dignified and proud, obviously a man who believed he had done what was neccessary to lead his country. This is a disturbing and ignominious moment. Nothing is improved by this action and yet people who suffered so horribly at this dictator's hand cannot be blamed for wanting his death. How many young soldiers' deaths are worth this moment of possibly spurious justice? Is it our nation's duty, having delivered up a tyrant, to protect Iraq against itself? Can we?
  58. By Doug. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @02:25pm:
    What got me was the total lack of co-ordination, planning, procedure or officiating. This was no solemn by-the-book "Green Mile" execution but a confused mob of men yelling, taunting, pushing and making it up as they went along.
  59. By Kevin. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @02:48pm:
    Ding dong the witch is dead!

    Although, what was Donnie Rumself saying to Saddam in that infamous picture way back when. Hey, it's the "Enemy of the Month" club. Who will be America's next worst enemy? Only time will tell.

    Deep down, Saddam is a terrible human being rivaled only by perhaps Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler but letting him rot in prison is a far preferable punishment as opposed to a quick death.

    Happy New Year!
  60. By Candidus. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @03:37pm:
    A bit too speedy, I think I would have liked to see some other charges brought against him. Right now, Saddam Hussein will go down in history as being convicted of killing 148 people. And he allegedly killed x-number of others. What's x? Thousands? Millions?

    Even though Saddam was unquestionably the Tony Montana of global politics, who wants to risk a repeat of the Milosevic trial?
  61. By Imagineer. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @03:41pm:
    "Is it our nation's duty, having delivered up a tyrant, to protect Iraq against itself? Can we?" Good question, Curtis but, no, I don't think you can.

    Like what John Kerry had to say about another quagmire. “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam. How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”
  62. By Mary. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @04:52pm:
    I have no tears to waste for Saddam Hussein; he was proud of the killing he was responsible for. He didn't give the families he slaughtered a chance to defend themselves, didn't give them trials or lawyers - he just mowed down anyone who got in his way. He was a man who cared only for his own position, a tyrant in every sense of the word. Whether or not one can find loopholes in his trial and his sentence and hanging, means very little; he killed so many people that loopholes are insignificant. He was tried, sentenced and hanged by Iraqi's. Hanging may be a nasty way to die, but that's the way it's done in that part of the world, and it beats torture, I guess. The same is true for the speedy execution instead of 20 years on Death Row, as it's done in this country.

    That said, I still don't think we had any business going after Saddam, especially when Osama is still taunting us with tapes. It's not up to us to destroy everyone we disagree with, and it doesn't work anyway.
  63. By Moon. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @05:11pm:
    Right now, according to Mikey, Saddam is facing 72 virgins that look like Ditka. Is that heaven or hell?

    :) hahahahaha!
  64. By Dinsdale Piranha. Comment posted 31-Dec-2006 @05:52pm:
    Well Said Mary I agreee 100%
    and Happy New Year.
  65. By Mm. Comment posted 01-Jan-2007 @03:11am:
    "There is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet."
    The translation is exactly wrong.Also it was so wrong not to finish his last sentence!
    I don't like USA Government.It is so cruel!
  66. By Wendy!. Comment posted 01-Jan-2007 @08:58am:
    Ha! ha! Toad ... Mrs. Toad was telling us all about it!
  67. By Mm. Comment posted 01-Jan-2007 @01:01pm:
    I hope Bush (the another baby killer) will die like Saddam!!
    Bush won't have any place to lay down in the grave.
    I protest all the people who support this death!
    Cruelity is this!
  68. By Mm. Comment posted 01-Jan-2007 @01:04pm:
    If it is okay to kill Saddam, why Turkey can't kill Apo who destroyed families by killing them. Because EU doesn't let us!
    I definitely protest the people who support this death.
    No any little pieces of mercy in americans' heart!
  69. By Pancho. Comment posted 01-Jan-2007 @01:28pm:
    "There is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet."
    The translation is exactly wrong.


    So what is the correct tranlation, Mm.?
  70. By Mary. Comment posted 01-Jan-2007 @05:20pm:
    Mm, if you have an issue with the EU, take it up with them - the USA is not a member of the EU.

    Saddam was directly responsible for thousands of deaths - does that have no meaning at all?

    You said, "No any little pieces of mercy in americans' heart!" - It may seem that way to you, but every American has his own heart and they are not all the same. There are Americans who reject the idea of capital punishment for anyone, including Saddam Hussein, and there are Americans who made the choice to go to war with Iraq with the idea of destroying him; most Americans fall somewhere in the middle. It is no more fair to call all Americans evil than it is for us to call all Muslims evil, because we're all different.
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