Sunday, January 7, 2007

Execution and execution (of)

Interview in Der Spiegel with the Iraqi executioner of Saddam Hussein. It's a good read and refers specifically to the comments between Saddam and the people in the room. Focusing on the insults and such that were hurled at Hussein before his sentence was executed.

"The Execution Was Done Correctly"

Iraqi prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon, 53, discusses the execution of former dictator Saddam Hussein and the investigation into the execution video that is now circulating on the Internet.

Munqith al-Faroon: "It isn't unlike the hunt. First you hunt down the animal, but once you look your prey in the eyes, you ultimately feel pity. That was the way I felt."

Munqith al-Faroon: "It isn't unlike the hunt. First you hunt down the animal, but once you look your prey in the eyes, you ultimately feel pity. That was the way I felt."

SPIEGEL: Mr. Prosecutor, you were a witness to the execution of Saddam Hussein. What did you see and hear?

Faroon: I, together with 13 other official observers, was flown by helicopter from the Green Zone to the execution site. There were seven of us in each helicopter. We entered the execution chamber, where there were already four other people: the condemned man and three masked men. Two of these men prepared Saddam Hussein for the execution, and the third man later opened the trap door.

SPIEGEL: How many people were present in total?


Faroon: Only the 14 official observers, Saddam and three masked men. However, the door between the execution chamber and another room was open, and a few men gathered at this door over time -- guards who had been assigned to protect this facility.

SPIEGEL: Who shouted the first insults at Saddam?

Faroon: It was one of those guards, who called out the name of Muqtada al-Sadr.

SPIEGEL: If this man can be identified -- did he commit a crime?

Faroon: No. And I attach importance to the conclusion that the execution was done correctly -- as required by the law. Otherwise I would have stopped the procedure at that point. (link)

Read all of it. Interesting piece, but then again, Der has had alot of good interviews lately.

Democrats in Congress (the newly minted BMOC) are preparing to stop the President's plans involving Iraq.

Democrats Vow to Challenge Bush's Iraq Proposal

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 7, 2007; 2:38 PM

Democratic leaders of Congress vowed today to use their powers of spending and policy oversight to challenge President Bush's expected proposal this week for boosting U.S. military forces in Iraq by as many as 20,000 troops.

Calling Iraq a nation in "complete chaos," new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other Democrats cast the anticipated Bush plan as an escalation of the Iraq war rather than the significant change of course sought by American voters, and said as a result they would treat the plan -- and new funding requests -- with strong skepticism.

"If the president wants to add to this mission, he's going to have to justify it," Pelosi said on CBS's "Face the Nation," emphasizing that while Congress will not cut off funding for troops now in Iraq, the White House will no longer have a "blank check" for expanding the war effort.(link)

Of course, I can't see any amount of justifying that the President could do for Pelosi to give her go ahead for any extra funding. It will be hard enough to keep EXISTENT funding going much less get more.

I wonder (hopelessly) what it will take to get the democratic side of America to realize just what type of war we are involved in.

Well, that was fun :) Heading back to work tonite, hopefully the back will do ok. Got plenty of meds (although I'm not going to take them to work, as they make me feel terrible) and have had plenty of rest in the past few days. Wish me luck.

Also, welcome EvilMidniteBombr to the team, if he ever posts anything that is ...
Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts

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