Saddam Hussein is dead

Coles

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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging at a secure facility in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

Iraqi TV said the execution took place just before 0600 local time (0300GMT). A representative of the prime minister and a Sunni Muslim cleric were present.

Footage of him being led to the gallows was later shown on Iraqi state TV.


From the BBC

Opinion is split on the execution of Saddam Hussein.

World opinion: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3346225,00.html

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A total travesty of injustice, A show trial of Political and Sectarian revenge and interferance by the coalition. The hypocrisy stinks.A blind man could see this was a show trial and nothing else.

An Arab martyr has now been created of which Jihad will be carried out in his memory. Whats the feckin point in the principles of democracy?

Sad thing is only poor Iraqis will most likely to be affected by the insuing violence in the short term. if the west gets another 9-11 or Madrid or London 7-7, only 1 thing to say about that. You reap what you sow.
Allah have mercy on all Iraqi souls.
 

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Foolish of them to do it on Eid al Adha - the Muslim holy day normally associated with clemency and release of prisoners. Would it have killed them to wait until tomorrow, or even next week when Hajj is over?
That's the sort of thing that drives people who were borderline into the insurgency, and people who were "freedom fighters" into lunatics.
 

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Martyr

Let's see what happens now. I don't agree with capital punishment and I believe that this will make a Martyr out of Saddam who was not a man deserving of such a place in history.

I think it is inevitable that this will be seen by Muslims as American justice and will most likely harden the resistance to the Americans, further destabilising Iraq. This is not good!
 

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Iran next on the menu!
 

kintama

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Crimes against humanity hmmm! Bush and Blair must be next then. Bush can't have any complaints about facing the noose given his relish for capital punishment but it now seems that Blair accepts hanging as being OK if carried out in an Arab state unless Margaret Beckett has spoken out of turn.
 

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The western world can teach the rest of the world nothing now expcept perhaps how to make Weapons of Mass destruction. I am absolutely sickened. America should bow its head in shame today!

For the sake of everything: exploitation and the destruction of the environment , world peace, we need the rest of teh world to stand up to America united. How to do this in Europe when we have such a conflict of interest even in our own country? It should be clear now even to those of us on the right that America needs to be stopped soon!
 

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Saddam had to be hung today because if he hadn`t it would not have been possible for the next 30 days or so because some religious season begins in Iraq during which executions are forbidden.
 

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Saddam may have deserved to die for his crimes, but he did not deserve to die at the hands of puppets of the war criminals George Bush and Tony Blair who have murdered far more Iraqis than Saddam ever did. Now that Bush and Blair are trying to rule the place they find themselves using exactly the same methods as Saddam, but without the result of any kind of security or order. If the mothers of Bush and Blair had strangled them at birth, it would have been a great mercy to millions of people.
 

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let this be a lesson to all who dare go against the USA

wizzard said:
Iran next on the menu!
It would have happened if it had gone better.
Afganistan was, from the point of view of the american military, a success they expected Iraq to be one as well, however it was not.
If the insurgency and all the other crap had not happened then yes I believe they would have gone into Iran, Syria and others and posibly even France :)
 

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The idea that his conviction was unjust is laughable. If he wasn't guilty of crimes against humanity no one could be.

This said, I believe capital punishment is wrong in all cases and in all countries. Gloating on the death of a human, no matter how evil, is grotesque.
 

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Salthill said:
The idea that his conviction was unjust is laughable. If he wasn't guilty of crimes against humanity no one could be.
Of course, there's a difference between someone being guilty and being legitimately convicted.
 

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The war against Afghanistan could be justified as the Afghan government harboured the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks.

The war against Iraq could not be justified in any manner. The flimsy and silly excuses of WMD were already at the time ridiculous.
 

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As if Al-Queda and the likes needed yet another reason to step up their campaign. :roll: The war that's taking place in Iraq and instability in the middle east just got much, much, much longer.
 

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Pidge said:
Salthill said:
The idea that his conviction was unjust is laughable. If he wasn't guilty of crimes against humanity no one could be.
Of course, there's a difference between someone being guilty and being legitimately convicted.
It's impossible to have a proper court case in those types of circumstances. It was obvious he was guilty and they had to convict him for political reasons. It was the same idea as in the Nuremberg trails.
 

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To some "bleeding heart" types the only fair and just court, would have been one which found Saddam not guilty, no matter how flawed the process his conviction was the only result possible, In the long run having continuing trials of Saddam on his various and multiple crimes against humanity would have worked against any possible stablisation of the dreadful situation in Iraq as his influence would still give hope to his supporters of their possible return to power.
 


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