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Friday, December 29, 2006

Saddam Deathwatch

Pajamas Media has running commentary here.

Iraq the Model is reporting from inside Iraq here.

Flopping Aces reminds us of the evil this man has done here. [warning: graphic images of evil]

See more at Gateway Pundit here. [more graphic images]

More here. [State Department Source]

Perhaps it is because it has been so long in coming but I cannot feel shock or horror or gladness or triumph or relief or even great interest in the death of this monster. He was a very bad man who did some very bad things and now he will be gone. That's it and that's all, at least I hope it is.

UPDATE: It's over!

The WaPo reports:

BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 -- Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged in the predawn hours of Saturday for crimes against humanity in the mass murder of Shiite men and boys in the 1980s, sent to the gallows by a government backed by the United States and led by Shiite Muslims who had been oppressed during his rule, Iraqi and American officials said.

In the early morning, Hussein, 69, was escorted from his U.S. military prison cell at Camp Cropper, near the Baghdad airport, and handed over to Iraqi officials. He was executed on the day Sunni Muslims, of which he was one, were to begin celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser, described on state television Hussein's last moments. The execution took place in the headquarters of Hussein's former military intelligence service in Baghdad's Kadhimiyah neighborhood.

"He was frightened. It was clear in his face, but he turned his face at me and said, 'Don't be afraid,' " Rubaie said. "It was just like he was talking about himself."

He added that Hussein did not resist. "It was unbelievable. He just surrendered himself."

Only a small group of Iraqi officials were present in the execution room, Rubaie said. American officials waited outside.

Sami al-Askari, a member of parliament, said Hussein refused to wear a black hood for his hanging. "He died instantly," Askari said on al-Arabiya television.

Read the whole thing here.

The NYT account is here.

CNN broadcast story here.

The beeb reports here.

Video from FOX here.

The Times has a first-person account here.

And here's a tape of the whole execution, including the drop and the shouts of witnesses [scroll down, it's near the end of the post].

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