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Saddam Hussein should have rotted in prison

Why didn’t they let him rot in prison for the rest of his life? I can’t imagine that conditions in an Iraqi prison are anything to write home about and he wouldn’t have been popular with most other prisoners. Instead they hang him and he becomes a martyr. Nothing good will come of taking another life. No right thinking person could support what he did to the Iraqi people but things are definitely going to get worse now that he’s dead.


More coverage including a video of Saddam walking up to the noose, surrounding by black-masked men in what looks like a spartan concrete bunker on Hotair and Google blogsearch.

An uncensored video shot in the same room doesn’t stop where the CNN one above does. It’s on Google Video already and I found it on The Whistleblower. It’s too gruesome for me to embed here so if you really want to watch it click the link.

More on this boingboing post.

Some bloggers on seem to be going mad for the video of Saddam’s hanging. Sheesh!

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Over There in Iraq

Does anyone watch Over There? It’s finished up in the US and Canada, but Sky are currently showing it and I’m hooked.
Unfortunately only 13 episodes were made before “declining ratings” prompted FX to cancel the project.
Check the above link for an episode guide and more.


Error 404

The Iraqi Information Minister makes a comeback! This time in an Error 404 message!

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Ken Bigley Executed

Despite all that his family did to publicize his plight, how others others protested and tried to get help for him, and the fact that the Irish Government issued him with an Irish passport, Ken Bigley was executed yesterday afternoon.
The same on

Commenting on the new report, Paul Bigley said: “I have heard nothing at all.

“I have been optimistic and remain optimistic.”

Paul said he was praying the news turn out to be untrue.

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SAP – Seymour Hersh

I heard this discussed on the radio on the way to work this morning and promptly forgot about it. Must read it at home tonight!

The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Rumsfeld’s decision embittered the American intelligence community, damaged the effectiveness of élite combat units, and hurt America’s prospects in the war on terror.

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I'm for War…(Redux) I can’t …

I’m for War…(Redux)

I can’t believe I’m going to write this, but I’m having second thoughts about the soon to be launched Gulf War V 1.1. The breaking point came when I read what’s linked above, late last week. Yes that’s right the Bush budget didn’t have a single line in it dedicated to providing aid to or infrastructure funding for Afghanistan, the country they invaded and are now occupying. It’s colonialism with the emphases on hoping the populace will just crawl off and die somewhere.

Excellent writing, as always, Mark.