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January 01, 2007 (from “What Really Happened” webpage)
“The execution of Saddam Hussein is a clear sign that the Bush administration is looking not to negotiate a way for the US to leave Iraq, but is instead sending a signal that it will continue the war and escalate it despite the impending disaster,” the International Action Center said in a written statement.
If in fact there is a “surge” to troop strength in Iraq, watch for it to become permanent, not temporary. – M. R.
A series of 16 explosions, apparently the reports of large mortar rounds, resounded through central Baghdad just before sunrise on Monday.
The first chief judge who presided over Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity has said that the late dictator’s execution by the Iraqi government was illegal.Rizkar Mohammed Amin, who later resigned as the trial’s chief judge, said Iraqi law banned executions during the Eid al-Adha festival period that marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The so called “leaking” of the videotape of hanging of Saddam and the dialogue that was exchanged between Saddam’s executioners, handpicked by Americans, was a deliberate act meant to create a backlash amongst Muslims and a Shia-Sunni conflict in the Muslim world.
I think this was intentional. Watching the cell phone movie of the lynching, it is clear the person holding the cell camera was making no effort to hide it. Yet no guards came over to ask them to put the camera away. I think the leak of the video was done by the direction of either the US or Iraqi government to get the imagery out there but without appearing to officially condone the release themselves. – M. R.
Ending the occupation of Iraq is consistent with the views of the majority of Americans, will save tens of billions of dollars, allow investment in urgent needs at home and put our economy on a more secure footing. Yet the leadership in Congress is not even debating it. They seem to put their desire for military bases in Iraq, control of Iraq and Middle East oil, and protection of Israel ahead of the views of the voters. Is our democracy working?
The short answer is, NO! – M. R.
One of the most advanced countries in the world did not help to reconstruct Iraq, they didn’t even help produce a decent constitution. They did, however, contribute nicely to a kangaroo court and a lynching. A lynching shall go down in history as America’s biggest accomplishment in Iraq. So who’s next? Who hangs for the hundreds of thousands who’ve died as a direct result of this war and occupation? Bush? Blair? Maliki? Jaffari? Allawi? Chalabi?