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On the Gallows, Saddam Curses U.S. and 'Traitors'
Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2006

Remember that this execution (assassination) of Saddam Hussein was carried out by the U.S. installed government in Iraq while the U.S. is illegally occupying Iraq. The U.S. had physical control of Saddam up until the time of his execution and transported the body after wards. Simply put, Saddam Hussein was executed by the U.S. government. It is also important to remember that the U.S. illegally invaded Iraq and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. --Ayinde

On the Gallows, Saddam Curses U.S. and 'Traitors'
By Marc Santora, NY Times
BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 Saddam Hussein never bowed his head, until his neck snapped. His last words were equally defiant. "Down with the traitors, the Americans, the spies and the Persians."

Robert Fisk: He takes his secrets to the grave.
Our complicity dies with him

How the West armed Saddam, fed him intelligence on his 'enemies', equipped him for atrocities - and then made sure he wouldn't squeal
We've shut him up. The moment Saddam's hooded executioner pulled the lever of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington's secrets were safe. The shameless, outrageous, covert military support which the United States - and Britain - gave to Saddam for more than a decade remains the one terrible story which our presidents and prime ministers do not want the world to remember. And now Saddam, who knew the full extent of that Western support - given to him while he was perpetrating some of the worst atrocities since the Second World War - is dead.

Robert Parry: Bush Silences a Dangerous Witness
Like a blue-blood version of a Mob family with global reach, the Bushes have eliminated one more key witness to the important historical events that led the U.S. military into a bloody stalemate in Iraq and pushed the Middle East to the brink of calamity.

Hold these grotesque executioners to account
Stop all the clocks. He is dead. Saddam Hussein had a rather good death, and dictators shouldn't have good deaths. He went to the gallows in dignity, holding the Koran, urging reconciliation, his head uncovered amid his captors' balaclavas. The grotesque exercise turned a brutal tyrant into something like a martyr, a victim of a victor's justice. After what Human Rights Watch called a "trial by ambush", because of the conduct of the defence and the rush to judgment, the execution was overhasty too, as if his captors felt they had to dispatch him before 2006 was out. Was this intended as a kind of new year message from George W Bush? For Auld Lang Syne?

Saddam told them to 'go to hell'
"Executions are generally expected to be solemn affairs - certainly not opportunities for thugs to score some final sectarian points before the "enemy" is disposed of. The video itself seems quite distasteful - but it is informative to the extent that it reveals the political baggage that the current government carries on its shoulders. It does not add up to a pretty picture."

Press fears over Saddam execution
Arab commentators are angry about the timing of the execution on one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar. Some argue Washington rather than Baghdad dictated the timing and ask why Americans have not been brought to justice for all the Iraqis killed since the 2003 invasion.

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