The Lady Speaks

Breaking: Saddam DEAD

UPDATE 4: 12-29/06, 10:30pm EDT

As Marion in Savannah says over at FireDogLake:

Oh. My. God. They executed him just before Eid, which commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Oh. Holy. Crap.

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UPDATE 3: 12-29/o6, 10:16pm EDT

[Crap-ass computer from hell, and dialup from the nether regions!! I curse you!]

Saddam is dead.

Jeralyn, Al-Jazeera, CNN.

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UPDATE 2: Jeralyn’s also covering this at TalkLeft.

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UPDATE: 12-29/06, 9:55pm


Final preparations were under way for Saddam Hussein’s execution shortly before dawn on Saturday, Arabic television stations said, reporting a cleric had arrived to hear any final words and witnesses were in place.

U.S.-backed Al Hurra said a Muslim cleric was present at the place of execution, but it did not say where that was.

Two witnesses due to attend the execution told Reuters earlier they had been summoned for 5.30 am (0230 GMT).

Arabiya television reported they were present at that hour.

* * and CNN are reporting that an Iraqi court has denied Saddam’s last minute appeal, and he could die within the hour.


Saddam Hussein will be hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, before 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), according to Appeals Judge Munir Haddad.

The paperwork is in order for Hussein’s execution, and the judge echoed a widespread belief that the hanging could be imminent.


Meanwhile, Giovanni di Stefano, one of Hussein’s defense attorneys, told CNN the U.S. military officially informed him that the former Iraqi dictator has been transferred to Iraqi authorities for his execution and that a “credible source” told him Hussein will be executed “very shortly — in the next couple of hours.”

And di Stefano indicated that the move by lawyers in the U.S. court could mean Hussein is in U.S. military custody now.

On NPR earlier today, there was discussion of whether or not the execution would be televised, and if so, in what manner. Most ridiculous comment heard: that those networks that choose to broadcast it will do so in a ‘tasteful’ manner. (I’ll try to find a verbatim copy of that quote and the idiot who said it.)

This is as close as I could find:

From The Scotsman:

ABC and CBS said they wouldn’t air the full execution if the video became available.

“We’re very aware that we’re coming into people’s living rooms and that there could be children watching,” CBS News senior vp Linda Mason said.

Mason and her network counterparts have broadcast standards and procedures they follow in these cases. Phil Alongi, special-events executive producer at NBC News, said there are ways the network can approach the video or photographs that will get the point across without having to be graphic.

The operative word: taste.

“We have very, very strict guidelines with how to deal with that,” said Bob Murphy, senior vp at ABC News. “If there were pictures made available of the execution, they would have to be viewed by senior management before we would put them on the air, and we would make a judgement of taste and propriety of what we would show.”

The word ‘tasteful’ should not ever be used in a sentence that includes the word ‘execution’ unless – and only unless – one is referring to the performance of ballet dancers, ice skaters, and/or ice dancers.

Janet Jackson’s partially-nude booby? Cover your eyes!! Oh, god, the children!

Saddam swinging until dead? No problem, as long as it’s tasteful.

And there you have it – an exact explanation of what’s so fucking wrong with the US media.


December 29, 2006 - Posted by | America, Bush, Civil War, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, US Military, War, White House


  1. I am honored to be quoted here, but regret the circumstances. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Marion in Savannah | December 29, 2006 | Reply

  2. Thanks Marion! I regret the circumstances as well, but I’m happy you visited. Saddam most certainly deserved to die, but it should have been the result of an impartial international tribunal.

    Comment by PA_Lady | December 30, 2006 | Reply

  3. Now Saddam is dead…making the world a safer place?
    While Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the attack on the World Trade Towers, roams free…
    But Saddam is dead…he who never had anything to do with the attact on the World Trade Towers.
    Sadam was evil, Osama is evil, but only one was truly a threat to the security of the United States…the one who remains free.
    So, now, Mr. Bush, how is the world a safer place?
    Funny when you think about it, he died for causing the deaths of thousands of people. If President Bush has any
    conscience, he must not sleep very well these days.

    Comment by Mom | December 30, 2006 | Reply

  4. What changed in Iraq with his death? Nothing. People continue to die, by terrible means, though the AP blithely reports that the violence was no more than usual.

    River’s post yesterday on Baghdad Burning was heartwrenching.

    Here we come to the end of 2006 and I am sad. Not simply sad for the state of the country, but for the state of our humanity, as Iraqis. We’ve all lost some of the compassion and civility that I felt made us special four years ago. I take myself as an example. Nearly four years ago, I cringed every time I heard about the death of an American soldier. They were occupiers, but they were humans also and the knowledge that they were being killed in my country gave me sleepless nights. Never mind they crossed oceans to attack the country, I actually felt for them.

    Had I not chronicled those feelings of agitation in this very blog, I wouldn’t believe them now. Today, they simply represent numbers. 3000 Americans dead over nearly four years? Really? That’s the number of dead Iraqis in less than a month. The Americans had families? Too bad. So do we. So do the corpses in the streets and the ones waiting for identification in the morgue.

    Comment by PA_Lady | December 31, 2006 | Reply

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