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Saddam Execution
December 29, 2006 6:33 PM   Subscribe

"You're all really f****d now!" Larry King just announced that the real execution could take place within the next half hour. Now we just wait and see if hell breaks loose.
posted by augustweed (63 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: no offense, but this post totally sucks.



 
I'm surprised it took this long. And I'm not surprised it's a shitty-ass post.
posted by keswick at 6:37 PM on December 29, 2006


Larry Fucking King!?

What the fuck!?


Fuck.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:40 PM on December 29, 2006


How can we respond to this without animated gifs?
posted by 2sheets at 6:40 PM on December 29, 2006


You take it on faith, you take it to heart....the waiiiiting is the haaaardest paaaart.
posted by Diskeater at 6:42 PM on December 29, 2006


For once I agree with keswick. This post is horrible.
posted by bob sarabia at 6:44 PM on December 29, 2006


Riverbend:
Why make things worse by insisting on Saddam's execution now? Who gains if they hang Saddam? Iran, naturally, but who else? There is a real fear that this execution will be the final blow that will shatter Iraq. Some Sunni and Shia tribes have threatened to arm their members against the Americans if Saddam is executed. Iraqis in general are watching closely to see what happens next, and quietly preparing for the worst.

This is because now, Saddam no longer represents himself or his regime. Through the constant insistence of American war propaganda, Saddam is now representative of all Sunni Arabs (never mind most of his government were Shia). The Americans, through their speeches and news articles and Iraqi Puppets, have made it very clear that they consider him to personify Sunni Arab resistance to the occupation. Basically, with this execution, what the Americans are saying is "Look- Sunni Arabs- this is your man, we all know this. We're hanging him- he symbolizes you." And make no mistake about it, this trial and verdict and execution are 100% American. Some of the actors were Iraqi enough, but the production, direction and montage was pure Hollywood (though low-budget, if you ask me).

That is, of course, why Talbani doesn't want to sign his death penalty- not because the mob man suddenly grew a conscience, but because he doesn't want to be the one who does the hanging- he won't be able to travel far away enough if he does that.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 6:44 PM on December 29, 2006


sweet jesus. i was really hoping mefi's better side would show here. pooh.
posted by brina at 6:45 PM on December 29, 2006


jeez ... come on, let's do this right ... for one thing, you could have linked to the live web cam
posted by pyramid termite at 6:46 PM on December 29, 2006


The first ten people to post about this should get weeklong timeouts. After that, lifetime bannings!

This is so far outside the "best of the web" that it's hardly even newsfilter. It's OMG thing happened! (or is about to happen, in this case), let's chat about it! Followed by the sort of gossipy bullshit and bluster that makes a chatfilter AskMe look like award-winning FPP material.
posted by Eideteker at 6:46 PM on December 29, 2006


in all seriousness, this is a godawful fpp ... a simple dignified announcement that it has happened should do, not some youtube southpark video
posted by pyramid termite at 6:48 PM on December 29, 2006


Seriously, this is in the top 5 worst posts ever. You wanted so badly to be the first person to post about it that you give us a one link post to a fucking southpark video? Your internet privileges should be revoked.
posted by bob sarabia at 6:51 PM on December 29, 2006


that person riverbend rubs me up the wrong way. enough with the idiot conspiracy theories already.
posted by dydecker at 6:51 PM on December 29, 2006


This could be just what I need since Prison Break doesn't air again until January 22nd.
posted by premiumpolar at 6:52 PM on December 29, 2006


what? an idiot blogger? the devil you say!
posted by keswick at 6:52 PM on December 29, 2006


Eh, I like South Park! Great post!!!!
posted by snsranch at 6:53 PM on December 29, 2006


An adviser to Iraq's prime minister said Saddam Hussein's execution will occur in Baghdad at 9 p.m. today central standard time.

The time was agreed upon during a meeting between U.S. and Iraqi officials, the adviser said. The U.S. will hand over Saddam to Iraqi authorities shortly before the execution.

Also to be hanged at that time are Saddam's half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court.

Official witnesses began gathering in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone Friday night Baghdad time as the government readied the execution orders.

There have been conflicting reports of when the hanging would occur.

posted by nickyskye at 6:53 PM on December 29, 2006


Where is the Firefox extension?
posted by LarryC at 6:57 PM on December 29, 2006


Is the execution going to be televised?
posted by snsranch at 6:59 PM on December 29, 2006


Why not?
posted by bob sarabia at 7:00 PM on December 29, 2006


Saddam? How did we build up this street corner thug into the 21st century version of Hitler?

Who cares when he gets hanged? Nothing will change when he's dead, just like nothing changed when he was deposed and again when he ws caught. Saddam isn't part of the equation anymore.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:00 PM on December 29, 2006


only in iraq, and i'm not sure if it's meant to be live ...

watching al-jazeera english, which just cut to an iraqi shi'ite channel, no news yet
posted by pyramid termite at 7:01 PM on December 29, 2006


guys i have a question 4 askme but i don't know if i should ask it

its what would happen if sadam had never been born

also should i name my dog sadam hussien

thanx n advance
posted by Greg Nog at 7:01 PM on December 29, 2006


Tag it and bag it, baby. (This post.)
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:03 PM on December 29, 2006


It's OMG thing happened! (or is about to happen, in this case), let's chat about it!

This post was going to happen. Might as well happen here.
posted by Cyrano at 7:04 PM on December 29, 2006


You fail, fuckbag.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:05 PM on December 29, 2006


this is the worst execution ever.

this is what it must have been for my grandfather when he had to listen to the radio to hear ventriloquism.

if saddam was so bad, hang him, televise it, teach kids not to be a shitty.
posted by tsarfan at 7:05 PM on December 29, 2006


cyrano, it's a link to a southpark video ... this is a travesty
posted by pyramid termite at 7:06 PM on December 29, 2006


Ok, this post did remind me that if there was ever a time to watch Fox "news", this is it.
posted by 2sheets at 7:06 PM on December 29, 2006


meta
(I flagged it but I couldn't move on.)
posted by Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson at 7:07 PM on December 29, 2006


It's 10:05...is he dead yet?
posted by Diskeater at 7:07 PM on December 29, 2006


It is done.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:07 PM on December 29, 2006


He's dead Jim.
posted by caddis at 7:09 PM on December 29, 2006


There it is.
posted by Diskeater at 7:09 PM on December 29, 2006


al jazeera still not sure
posted by pyramid termite at 7:10 PM on December 29, 2006


"The Americans want him to be hanged respectfully," al-Nueimi said.
posted by swell at 7:10 PM on December 29, 2006


James Brown, Gerald Ford, Sadaam Hussein...wow, what a week.
posted by Diskeater at 7:11 PM on December 29, 2006


Mission Accomplished.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:11 PM on December 29, 2006


Hey, look, the World Trade Center rebuilt itself!

What?
posted by eriko at 7:12 PM on December 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


Matt, we need the goddamned img tag. It's the only thing that can save these threads!
posted by Mikey-San at 7:12 PM on December 29, 2006


Dibbs on his slippers.
posted by Balisong at 7:13 PM on December 29, 2006


James Brown, Gerald Ford, and Sadaam Hussein walk into this bar in heaven...
posted by 2sheets at 7:13 PM on December 29, 2006 [2 favorites]


But some of his old partners in genocide remain at large.
posted by homunculus at 7:13 PM on December 29, 2006


.
posted by fandango_matt at 7:13 PM on December 29, 2006


bets on when the video will be available on the internets?
posted by killy willy at 7:14 PM on December 29, 2006


the . has just jumped the shark

or the stingray

WHERE ARE THE MODERATORS?!?
posted by wendell at 7:15 PM on December 29, 2006


This will Wendell.
posted by Balisong at 7:16 PM on December 29, 2006


News reports say that he's been executed.
posted by aberrant at 7:16 PM on December 29, 2006


Still waiting for all hell to break loose.
posted by IronLizard at 7:17 PM on December 29, 2006


I'd change my name to Ned if it meant this would just END.
posted by wendell at 7:18 PM on December 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


*fap* *fap* *fap*
posted by crank at 7:19 PM on December 29, 2006


This will end, Ned.
posted by Balisong at 7:19 PM on December 29, 2006


it's a link to a southpark video ... this is a travesty

Because a link to CNN, MSNBC or Fox News would be better?

Prediction: come 02/04/2007, we're going to have a Superbowl post. It'll probably be an one link post to the results (and I have no leg to stand on in this regard.)

These posts happen. This is what we do. I ain't going all Clayton Williams on your ass telling you to sit back and take it, but there's other dying lights more worthy of raging against.
posted by Cyrano at 7:19 PM on December 29, 2006


Because a link to CNN, MSNBC or Fox News would be better?


DUH!
posted by pyramid termite at 7:22 PM on December 29, 2006


I want/need to see the vid. Anything up yet?
posted by snsranch at 7:23 PM on December 29, 2006


There has been speculation that Hussein would be executed before Eid Al-Adha -- a holiday period that means Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims around the world at the climax of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

There is a belief that the execution could be soon because the law does not permit executions to be carried out during religious holidays.

Eid begins Saturday for Sunnis and Sunday for Shiites and lasts for four days. Hussein is a Sunni Muslim. ...
If the hanging does occur on Saturday, it will "most likely take place between 6 a.m. and noon," he said. Those hours translate to 10 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday in the Eastern United States.

posted by nickyskye at 7:24 PM on December 29, 2006


VigilanteFilter

Remember that movie where Joe Hero spares the villians life even though he won the fight to the death?

Neither do I. Apparently it never happened.
posted by CynicalKnight at 7:24 PM on December 29, 2006


It would have saved everyone an awful lot of trouble if Rumsfeld had managed to poison him when they were palling around in the 80s, instead of giving him weapons and reassuring him that the US didn't care if he used of WMD.

This frenzy, these after-the-fact announcements, are quite reminicent of the day Paul Bremer fled Baghdad. We tried to spin it like it was some grand historical triumph to hand over power to the Iraqi government, even though it was haphazard and seemed more like fleeing than any kind of orderly transition.

I'm with cyrano. This post isn't so bad.
posted by ibmcginty at 7:25 PM on December 29, 2006


Better kill him soon, before he testifies to what he knows in future cases...
posted by Balisong at 7:26 PM on December 29, 2006


God is angry.
posted by homunculus at 7:28 PM on December 29, 2006


Don't you mean "So-Damn Insane?"
posted by ColdChef at 7:29 PM on December 29, 2006


US President George W Bush was evacuated from his ranch in Crawford after a tornado warning was issued in central Texas, officials said. Mr Bush, his wife Laura and their two dogs Barney and Miss Beazley were taken by armoured car to a tornado shelter on the property, the White House said.

Bush, however, did not make it to the storm shelter in time. He was hit on the head by a flying windowpane and was magically transported over the rainbow to the wonderful land of Oz.
posted by ColdChef at 7:31 PM on December 29, 2006


oops. i accidently favorited this instead of flagging it :(
posted by keswick at 7:31 PM on December 29, 2006


i feel safer now.
posted by quonsar at 7:35 PM on December 29, 2006


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