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30 December 2006 – a day of infamy

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

30 December 2006 – a day of infamy

 Gabriele Zamparini, The cat’s dream


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December 31, 20006

30 December 2006 will be remembered as a day of infamy. In violation of international law and human decency, the quisling government of occupied Iraq, a puppet, sectarian regime installed by the American occupation and supported by Iran, assassinated the legitimate President of the Republic of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.

It’s been reported that after his execution the assassins shouted: “Long live Muqtada, Long live Muqtada” [Moqtada Al-Sadr]

It’s also been reported that Saddam Hussein was tortured before his execution and his body was mutilated afterwards. Another source tells us: “The video shows no blood on Saddam’s face and body, TV aired video of the body showed blood, cuts and bruises on the face.”

About the Iraqi apocalypse, Riverbend recently wrote: “Again, I can’t help but ask myself why this was all done? What was the point of breaking Iraq so that it was beyond repair? Iran seems to be the only gainer. Their presence in Iraq is so well-established, publicly criticizing a cleric or ayatollah verges on suicide. Has the situation gone so beyond America that it is now irretrievable? Or was this a part of the plan all along? My head aches just posing the questions.”

Professor As’ad Abdul Rahman, Chairman of the Palestinian Encyclopedia, observed, “Today, three and a half years after the Iraqi misadventure, the American military is not the decisive power there. In southern Iraq, it is practically Iran that is in control, and the various Shiite militias simply receive directions from Tehran.”

After writing eleven little notes on the lynching of Saddam Hussein [see appendix], on 29 December 2006, the day before the assassination, I wrote, “I want to dedicate the piece below written by Layla Anwar, an Iraqi woman, to the grotesque Western antiwar movement and its influential intellectuals, whose shameful silence on the lynching of Saddam Hussein will be remembered as one of the most disgraceful pages of infamy’s history.”

Understanding the silence of those in the West who should have been the first to denounce the outrageous lynching requires deconstructing the climate of propaganda and deception we are immersed in. Obviously the reason of this shameful silence can’t be found in the history of Saddam Hussein’s regime and his alleged crimes. Nobody asked or expected from the anti-war movement and its intellectuals to side with Saddam Hussein and his regime. This wasn’t requested to denounce the outrageous lynching that could take place, we must remember, only because of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US and its allies. So, why this deafening silence?

Is it because some quarters of the Western left and its war movement apparatus established a special relation with the reactionary regime of Teheran and the quisling government of Baghdad or some part of it, like the Motqada al-Sadr movement and its militia, the Mahdi Army, responsible for massive crimes against humanity in Iraq? Is this disgraceful silence one more sign of the legitimization of the puppet Iraqi government? Does it mean that the supreme international crime, the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, and its effects have now been accepted? And why the Iraqi Resistance to this illegal invasion and occupation has never been recognized as such, even less supported, by a Western antiwar movement that fills its mouth with words such as “peace” and “justice”?

After the initial silence on the real scale of the horror in Iraq, when the Iraq Body Count figures were used even by the antiwar movement in spite the apocalypse was already known and after the ongoing silence on the responsibility of the sectarian militias in mass murdering and ethnic cleansing, this other silence on the lynching of Saddam Hussein raises once again fundamental questions on the role of the Western left and the anti-war movement and forces each of us to an unpleasant but honest and necessary reflection. If a better world is possible, it starts at home.

Appendix: Lynching Saddam

Lynching Saddam – Part 11: Juan Cole and the Vulture’s Song

Lynching Saddam – Part 10: Virtue, Terror and the Western public opinion’ s bloodthirsty schizophrenia

Lynching Saddam – Part 9: “arbitrary detention”

Lynching Saddam – Part 8: “just after the court ruling”

Lynching Saddam – Part 7: the Myth of Human Rights

Lynching Saddam – Part 6: The More You Watch the Less You Know

Lynchng Saddam – Part 5: United Nations and Saddam’s Lawyers’ call

Lynching Saddam – Part 4: the NYT enjoys that bloody show!

Lynching Saddam – Part 3: Stop that “trial” now!

Lynching Saddam – Part 2: Juan Cole’s informed comment

Lynching Saddam

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http://www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2006/12/30-december-2006-day-of-infamy.htm

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Breaking News: Muqtada among hooded men who hanged Saddam

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Breaking News: Muqtada among hooded men who hanged Saddam

 

Truth About Iraqis

 

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Breaking News:

US media and columnists reported that the men who hanged Saddam Hussein were portly. Some were chubby, fat.

News has emerged from Iraq mere hours ago that one of those men wearing a balaclava was the criminal Muqtada Sadr, leader of the murderous Mehdi band of rogue rapists and torturers.

Sadr, who the US once wanted dead or alive.

Sadr, the man behind all the death squads, all the raping, all the torture, all the death squads.

In any case, the death of Saddam is backfiring faster than the US government can control it.

Saddam Hussein, according to the Iraqis inside the country, is now being called the Imam of the muqawama – resistance.

Long live the patriotic resistance of Iraq.

Long live the patriotic citizens of Iraq.

source:
http://truth-about-iraqis2.blogspot.com/2007/01/breaking-news-muqtada-among-hooded-men.html

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In the end, Saddam wins, Iraq loses

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

In the end, Saddam wins, Iraq loses

 

Truth About Iraqis


January 1, 2007

Saddam Hussein, assassinated President of the Republic of Iraq, wins in the end.

Defiant, unlike his hooded assassins who could be nothing but the epitome of cowardice, he died almost instantaneously.

As if God wanted to spare him suffering. The suffering Iraqis both during his rule and after endured.

The suffering that has turned Iraq’s tragedy into self-deprecating humor.

But the Sadrist Shia and Badrist Iranian curs wanted their revenge, so they stomped on him, beat him, with bruises appearing on his face.

In the end, after all the bloodshed, Saddam proved that he was right and everyone who had cheered the invasion of our country was wrong.

In the end, Saddam proved that what is to come in his aftermath is far worse than what existed during his time.

Who released the mobile phone video and why? Was it an attempt to denigrate and humiliate all Sunnis and Arabs?

Was it to cheer Iran’s final victory over Iraq and the Arabs?

Is that what the video achieved?

Hardly. If anything, the world community is shocked by the barbarity of the new Iraq. The new Iraq, bastion of freedom and democracy.

Take this for example, from the BBC:

“Then the same voice starts calling out the name of the leading Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr, the formal leader of the Mehdi Army, was an open enemy of Saddam.
Saddam is not intimidated by any of this, and repeats Moqtada Sadr’s name disdainfully, as if to say he doesn’t count for very much.
Then his gruff, rasping voice can be heard saying to the onlookers “Is this manly behaviour?””

Saddam, defiant till the end, even as he is about to die, still manages to chastise those in front of him. And by doing so, he rises above their level.

What will this video do? It has already done. In the Arab World it is made a martyr of him. It has awakened a common feeling among Arabs that Iran is the enemy. Iran, the eternal enemy of the Arabs.

And it has also shocked the Europeans who now know what is to come.

In Washington, US President George Bush said this was a historic moment, of democracy building.

America. Americans. Are you not ashamed by the nonsensical musings of your President? As the most powerful democracy in the world, why have you allowed yourselves to be without shame, without honor?

Why have you elected such rabble into the White House? You were once a proud nation, a beacon to other nations.

Now, you are sad. And broken. Morality and he pursuit of liberties and freedoms is what built your country – by such men as Adams, Franklin, Washington, Jefferson.

Their work and their memories have all been tainted by a petty imbecile in the White House.

One hopes the next president will have learned well what to avoid saying and how to have the most basic tact and decorum.

But, perhaps, I take heart in some of what my fellow bloggers have written. They realize the failed political gambit in executing Saddam.

They realize that Iraq is broken. Dead. With Saddam.

So …

Salam Adil: Saddam’s execution is a big smoke screen to hide an ugly policy. As proposed by the American Enterprise Institute, a huge military surge as a last gamble to secure Iraq. By its own admission, this policy will cost billions and kill hundreds. But its the last desperate throw of a dying empire and after this, the only way is down.

Saddam had his Mother of All Battles but nothing will be left of the Mother of All Smoke Screens after the wind blows it away. The emperor has no clothes and it’s showing.

Riverbend: America the savior… After nearly four years and Bush’s biggest achievement in Iraq has been a lynching. Bravo Americans.

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?

Zeyad: It utterly disgusts me that Sadr’s supporters have infiltrated every level of the state, and that the witnesses, including Iraqi government officials, have made this look like a sectarian issue. They were doomed to repeat Iraqi history by hanging their former oppressor and labeling it as justice. In a perfect situation, Saddam’s execution would have united Iraqis, but thanks to the actions of the new Iraqi rulers, it will only serve to divide further. I doubt any of them will prevail as much as Saddam did, though.

UPDATE: Some Iraqis are saying this was part of the deal for the Sadrist bloc to return to parliament, that they would take care of Saddam’s execution themselves. Recent statements from Sadrists demanding a swift execution of Saddam seem to support this theory. In any case, the fact that masked Sadr followers took care of the hanging follows a familiar formula in modern Iraqi history, where the victors taunt and execute whoever was in rule before them. It looks like Iraq is doomed to repeat that cycle.

Treasure of Baghdad: An important chapter of our life is finally over. I felt happy because finally the one who suppressed us is gone and forever now. However, I felt sad because his execution is going to increase the blood bath that is already taking place. I felt sad because Saddam was replaced by more tyrants instead of one. Iraq is not a free country yet. Iraq is suffering from Mullahs and Sheikhs who most of them are religious extremists who are trying to take back Iraq to hundreds years back. Sunni and Shiite extremists who are in the government and parliament now are the ones who are imposing their religious ideas on people and in a country where most of its cities were secular. If someone criticizes them, they kill him. So what’s the difference? Saddam is hanged and so should the ones ruling Iraq now.

Neurotic Iraqi Wife: Unless all those in government will be kicked out and tried for THEIR crimes against humanity. The Interior minister who had a torture chamber hidden in his ministry. Or the corrupt police force that helps insurgents by providing them with weapons and bombs. Or and or and or…There are many aspects that I can go on about. Nearly 3000 American troops were killed in this war and thousands more injured, injured brutally. Hundreds of thousands Iraqis were killed, and hundredS of ThousandS have fled their homes. Can it get worse? Sure it can. Iran is gloating, Syria is gloating. Oh and even WOB is gloating now. Halleluja, 2007, what do you hold for us I wander. What worse can become of this nation, I dunno…

Yeah I will try to be optimistic, in less than five hours, the clock will tick, and I will tear off that page to see a new fresh 2007. N the guy who pretends to work in a carpenters shop scolded me today. He came into work despite it being Eid. He said youre a shia, how can you say youre sad for Saddam’s death. He killed your people. I said, Im not sad at his death, Im sad that people worse than him are ruling you now. Barbarian criminals are ruling you, they are nothing but clones of Saddam, clones hidding behind their black abayas and i3mamas. N, who lives in the slums of Sadr City is not a sadr supporter. He smiled and said, believe me, their time will come. Just like it did for Saddam, theirs too will come. With these words, I bid you a Happy New Year, may it be a good one for you, and may that time that N is talking about be sooner than I think.

Meanwhile, Izzat Douri has been elected the temporary President of Iraq, head of the Revolutionary Command Council and the Iraqi armed forces. The fight continues … with or without Saddam.

Long live the patriotic Iraqi Resistance.

Long live all nationalistic Iraqi patriots.

source:
http://truth-about-iraqis2.blogspot.com/2007/01/in-end-saddam-wins-iraq-loses.html

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The Barbaric Lynching of President Saddam Hussein

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The Barbaric Lynching of President Saddam Hussein

 

Press Statement

 

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad


January 1, 2007

On the Holy day of Eid, the world watched in horror at the barbaric lynching of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, allegedly for crimes against humanity. This public murder was sanctioned by the War Criminals, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair.

This sadistic act broadcasted to the whole world is a travesty of justice, and was meant to demonstrate the imperial power of the United States and serves as a warning to peace loving peoples that we must either bow to the dictates of the Bush regime or face the consequences of a public lynching.

The lynching was also an insult to all Muslims, as it occurred on the Holy Day of Eid, whereby Muslims devote themselves to prayer and forgiveness. It is all too clear that the war criminal Bush has no sensitivities whatsoever for Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca. This barbaric act is a sacrilege!

The entire trial process was a mockery of justice, no less a Kangaroo Court. Defence counsels were brutally murdered, witnesses threatened and judges removed for being impartial and replaced by puppet judges. Yet, we are told that Iraq was invaded to promote democracy, freedom and justice.

A peaceful country has now been turned into a war zone. Over 500,000 children died as a result of the criminal economic sanctions, and the latest findings by the medical journal, Lancet reveals that over 650,000 Iraqis have died since the illegal invasion of 2003.

The War Criminal Bush has killed more Iraqis than President Saddam ever did, if in fact he was guilty of any crime. If President Saddam Hussein is guilty of war crimes, then the world must find Bush, Blair and Howard equally guilty and the International Criminal Court cannot but prosecute these war criminals. The inaction thus far by the International Criminal Court against Bush, Blair and Howard exposes the double standard of the said Court, when it does not hesitate to prosecute war crimes committed in Dalfur, Rwanda and Kosovo.

If we support human rights and justice, we must condemn this barbaric lynching of President Saddam Hussein. There can be no excuse whatsoever for this injustice under any circumstances. War Criminal Bush and the puppet regime in Iraq have made a mockery of the Rule of Law.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad,
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Member of the International Committee, For the Defence of President Saddam Hussein,

30th December 2006

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Former Saddam judge says execution violates Iraqi law

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Former Saddam judge says execution violates Iraqi law

 

Press Trust of India


Sulaimaniyah, January 1, 2007

The first chief judge who presided over Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity said on Monday 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 four-day Feast of the Sacrifice began for Iraqi Sunnis on Saturday – the day Saddam was hanged in Baghdad – and on Sunday for Shiites.

Amin also claimed that Iraqi law stipulates an execution must be carried out 30 days after the appeal court’s decision on the sentencing, which in this case upheld the death sentence of Saddam.

But in ratifying the death sentence on December 26, the appeals chamber insisted that the law stipulated the sentence be implemented within 30 days.

Amin resigned as chief judge of the Dujail trial following political pressure amid accusations that he was lenient with Saddam and occasionally allowed the late dictator to carry out outbursts in court.

Saddam was hanged on Saturday in a Shia district of Baghdad after he was found guilty of executing 148 Shiite villagers from Dujail in the 1980s where he escaped an assassination bid.

He was buried on Sunday in his home village of Awja. Iraq’s National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie denied that Saddam was executed on Eid al-Adha, in an interview with CNN just hours after the hanging.

source:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1885354,00050004.htm

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (formerly Jawad al-Maliki) broke the Iraqi law when he ordered killing of Saddam without Iraqi President’s signature

India Daily, NJ

Media Release

Jan. 1, 2007

It was a sad day. Americans delivered Saddam to the ‘so called Irqi authorities’. A vedeo footage from a cell phone exposed the real nature of the Iraqi Government. The killing of Saddam was nothing but a clear manifestation of revenge.

According to CNN, Iraqi law requires that Kurd President of Iraq (Talabani) must sign the order of execution of Saddam. He refused to sign when he learnt “Sadr Killers” will be killing Saddam. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (formerly Jawad al-Maliki) a disciple of Iranian Shiite Moqtada Al-Sadr found a new method to get Saddam killed by ‘Sadr killers’. He decided to break the Iraqi law. The decision was made that no signature of the President will be needed.

According to CNN, Saddam was handed over to ‘Sadr killers’. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki personally supervised the killing. Iranian Shiite Al-Sadr people took care of the rest chanting ‘Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada!’ The video was actually taken for the Shiites especially the Sadr people to see. It was leaked. It was badly leaked to the Internet. According to CNN, it is now clear why the Iraqi ‘Government’ cut off all audio in its official version. The revengeful Shiites chants are not something world will tolerate!

The world today is astonished at the American action. But one thing is for certain – the video shows exactly what kind of Government is in Iraq! If the Prime Minister can break the law and kill the former President, what do you expect in Iraq?

source:
http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/14980.asp

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Saddam’s execution: Questions

Lech Biegalski, Canada Watch

January 1, 2007

According to the official reports, the execution was witnessed by 14 members of Iraqi government. This means that the voices, we hear in the video, belong either to the three executioners, or to Saddam Hussein, or to the members of the Iraqi government. If this is true, then:

  1. Who and why shouted, “Long live Muhamad Baqir al Sadr!”, and then, “Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada”? Why would members of Iraqi government want to do this? This does not make any sense. If they didn’t, who did? Was the execution contracted out to the Mahdi Army? Who contracted it out, Americans or the Iraqi government? Why?
  2. Why the chanting, we hear in the video, sounds like a bunch of young guys from the street, rather than “distinguished” members of the government? One would expect members of the government to behave in a more professional way.
  3. Why the three executioners look, dress, and act like civilian guerrilla fighters rather than professional officers that would be expected to carry out a sentence of such historical and political importance in front of the members of the government?
  4. Who recorded the cell phone video and published it on internet fully knowing that this would provoke a long lasting violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq. The video seems to clearly “prove” that Shia government and Mahdi Army executed Saddam. Who wants and needs a bloody, full scale civil war i Iraq? The timing of the execution, that was carried out on the morning of the Eid al-Adha, can only be explained by a desire to upset both radical and moderate Muslims and therefore to increase the size and scope of the expected conflict.


It is highly unlikely that “the organizers” of Saddam’s execution did not and would not think about the above questions and consequences. What is really going on here?

Prof. Juan Cole’s comment:

I can hear the chanting of Muqtada, and also the name Muhammad Baqir (al-Sadr), whom Saddam killed in 1980. Anyone hearing this in Arabic would say the execution was revenge by the Sadrists, including the Da`wa Party, which follows Muhammad Baqir.

http://www.juancole.com

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http://canadawatch.org/articles2/saddams-execution.htm

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Hijacking Eid and Hanging Saddam

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Hijacking Eid and Hanging Saddam


Timing and Hostile Repartee Creates Further Division


By NIR ROSEN 12/31/2006 2:17 PM ET

Saddam Hussein became the first modern Arab dictator to die violently since Egypt’s Anwar Sadat in 1981. Saddam’s hanging at the hands of chubby Iraqi men wearing ski masks is likely to be perceived by many as an American execution and as part of a trend of American missteps contributing to sectarian tensions in Iraq and the region. The trial of Saddam was viewed by detractors as an event stage-managed by the Americans. According to Human Rights Watch, the Iraqi judges and lawyers involved in prosecuting Saddam were ill prepared and relied on their American advisers. American minders shut off the microphones and ordered the translators to halt whenever they disapproved of what was being said by the defendants.

The important Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha was due to begin over the weekend. For Sunnis it began on Saturday the 30th of December. For Shias it begins on Sunday the 31st. According to tradition in Mecca, battles are suspended during the Hajj period so that pilgrims can safely march to Mecca. This practice even predated Islam and Muslims preserved this tradition, calling this period ‘Al Ashur al Hurm,’ or the months of truce. By hanging Saddam on the Sunni Eid the Americans and the Iraqi government were in effect saying that only the Shia Eid had legitimacy. Sunnis were irate that Shia traditions were given primacy (as they are more and more in Iraq these days) and that Shias disrespected the tradition and killed Saddam on this day. Because the Iraqi constitution itself prohibits executions from being carried out on Eid, the Iraqi government had to officially declare that Eid did not begin until Sunday the 31st. It was a striking decision, virtually declaring that Iraq is now a Shia state. Eid al Adha is the festival of the sacrifice of the sheep. Some may perceive it as the day Saddam was sacrificed.

Saddam had been in American custody and was handed over to Iraqis just before his execution. It is therefore hard to dismiss the perception that the Americans could have waited, because in the end it is they who have the final say over such events in Iraq. Iraqi officials have consistently publicly complained that they have no authority and the Americans control the Iraqi police and the Army. It is therefore unusual that Iraqis would suddenly regain sovereignty for this important event. For many Sunnis and Arabs in the region, this appears to be one president ordering the death of another president. It was possibly a message to Sunnis, a warning. The Americans often equated Saddam with the Sunni resistance to the occupation. By killing Saddam they were killing what they believed was the symbol of the Sunni resistance, expecting them to realize their cause was hopeless. Sunnis could perceive the execution, and its timing, as a message to them: “We are killing you.” But Saddam’s death might now liberate the Sunni resistance from association with Saddam and the Baathists. They can now more plausibly claim that they are fighting for national liberation and not out of support for the former regime as their American and Iraqi government opponents have so often claimed. A lack of a hood (victims normally do not have a choice to wear a hood) a scarf to prevent rope burn for the soon to be distributed photo, a hallmark of US “We Got Him” psyops tactics. Even the US plane that flew him to his final resting spot seems to indicate US management.

The unofficial video of the execution, filmed on the mobile cell phone of one of the officials present is sure to further inflame sectarianism, because it is clearly a Shia execution. Men are heard talking, one of them is called Ali. As the executioners argue over how to best position the rope on his neck Saddam calls out to god, saying, “ya Allah.” Referring to Shias, one official says “those who pray for Muhamad and the family of Muhamad have won!” Others triumphantly respond in the Shia chant: “Our God prays for Muhamad and the family of Muhamad.” Others then add the part chanted by supporters of Muqtada al Sadr: “And speed his (the Mahdi’s) return! And damn his enemies! And make his son victorious! Muqtada! Muqtada! Muqtada!”

Saddam then smiles and says something mocking about Muqtada. “Muqtada! It is this…” but the rest is blocked by the voices of officials saying “ila jahanam,” or “go to Hell.” Saddam looks down and says “Is this your manhood…?” As the rope is put around Saddam’s neck somebody shouts “long live Muhamad Baqir al Sadr!” referring to an important Shia cleric who founded the Dawa Party and was also Muqtada’s relative. Baqir al Sadr was executed by Saddam in 1980. He is venerated by all three major Shia movements in Iraq, the Dawa, the Sadrists and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Others insult Saddam. One man asks them to stop: “I beg you, I beg you, the man is being executed!” Saddam then says the Shahada, or testimony, that there is no god but Allah and Muhamad is his prophet. When he tries to say it again the trap door opens and he falls through to be hung. One man then shouts that “the tyranny has ended!” and others call out triumphal Shia chants. Somebody wants to remove the rope from his neck but is told to wait eight minutes.

The Sunni Islamo-nationalist website Islam Memo claimed that the Safavids (Persians, meaning Shias) burned Saddam’s Quran after they killed him. They also said that Saddam exchanged insults with the witnesses to his execution and cursed one of them, saying “God damn you, Persian midget.” The same website also claimed that Ayatolla Ali Sistani blessed Saddam’s execution and that the Iraqi government refused to provide Saddam with a Sunni cleric to pray for him before the execution. Finally, they asserted that Saddam said “Palestine is Arab” and then recited the Muslim Shahada, testifying that there is no god but Allah and Muhamad is his prophet, and then he was executed. The website claimed that following his death Saddam’s body was abused.

Although the Shia dominated Iraqi media claimed Saddam was terrified prior to his execution and fought with his hangmen, Saddam’s on screen visage was one of aplomb, for he was conscious of the image he was displaying and wanted to go down as the grand historic leader he believed himself to be.

Predictably, there were celebrations in Shia areas. The civil war continued. Following the execution three car bombs exploded in Baghdad’s Shia district of Hurriya, killing and injuring dozens. A car bomb went off in Baghdad’s Seidiya district, near its amusement park, killing at least two civilians and two policemen. A roadside bomb exploded near a children’s hospital in the majority Shia area of Iskan, killing two and injuring several others. In the southern town of Kufa, dominated by supporters of Muqtada al Sadr, a car bomb exploded near a market, killing and injuring dozens. In the northern town of Tel Afar a man wearing a suicide belt exploded himself in a market, killing at least five and injuring several others. It was also claimed that Ayatollah Sistani’s representative was killed and his office was burned. In the Anbar province’s town of Saqlawiya there was a big demonstration against Saddam’s execution and large portraits of the former leader were carried by the marchers. Immediately after the execution five mortars were fired in Falluja, targeting the southern checkpoint to that city, known as the Numaniya checkpoint. In Tikrit there was also a large demonstration and Saddam’s tribe officially requested that the Iraqi government allow his body to be buried near his parents in Owja, the town where he was born.

I asked a Kurdish Iraqi friend how he felt after seeing the video of Saddam’s execution. “it is sad to see someone who knows he is going to die in a minute,” he told me, “but I am happy that he died that way and not in as the so called human rights groups want, to be in a jail where they wanna make sure he has access to TV, newspaper and good health.” He agreed with me that the images of Saddam could potentially cause some people to sympathize with him, but added that “but if anyone who could live the life of an Iraqi for only one day, they would want worse than that to happen to Saddam. Last night all of a sudden I remembered all the agonies my family went through in their life, we had to leave our home 20 times and walk to the borders and leave everything we had and buy new stuff every few years. He never had the feeling you and I have now for him when he was ordering Ali Hassan Majid and the henchmen to bury people with their kids in the deserts, so why should I now feel sorry for him? But I hope I see one day when the current Saddamlets are hanged too, like Talabani, Ayad Alawi.”

One thing that is clear, is that the death of Saddam did not bring closure or peace to Iraq. Sunnis are now gathering at Saddam’s grave, demonstrators are now showing his iconic image and revenge has been threatened. President George Bush declared his nemesis’ death “a milestone” and it may just be the clearest message that is there will be no mercy for Sunnis in a Shia and Kurdish dominated Iraq.

source:
http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/452/Hijacking_Eid_and_Hanging_Saddam

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Christmas and New Years Celebrations Eclipse Eid in Muslim Countries

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

 

Non-Muslim celebrations ‘eclipse Eid’ : Christmas and New Years Celebrations Eclipse Eid in Muslim Countries

Published: Saturday, 30 December, 2006, 10:56 AM Doha Time

Staff Reporter

AS THE New Year, Christmas and Eid al-Adha fall during the same period this year, some Qatar residents are of the opinion that the Eid has been overshadowed by non-Muslim festivals.

According to a report in a local Arabic daily, these people blamed the department stores in Doha for what they called “total neglect” of Eid al-Adha and its related festivities.

Mariam al-Nazer said that department stores were used to vying with one another for displaying their goods, gifts and decorations for Christmas and New Year. “I am not surprised at all by such practices as we are used to that. For Eid al-Adha they would only put up small posters saying ‘Eid Mubarak’,” al-Nazer said.

Ehab Bayoumi said Islamic festivals are celebrated only at a limited level. “I do not see such dazzling lights and decorations for any Islamic occasion. They are exclusively for non-Muslim ones,” Bayoumi said.

“Our Eids are now confined to routine rituals and have become like a habit which does not exceed buying new clothes,” he said.

Hamid al-Manai criticised the practice of highlighting non-Muslim festivals at the expense of Eids. “It has led to an inverted situation where non-Muslim occasions overshadow Muslim ones.”

However, al-Manai held Muslims responsible for such social trends. “Muslims have contributed so much to the propaganda and promotion of the New Year parties. Most of the customers buying candles, decoration trees and coloured balls are Muslims,” he said, adding that the majority of Muslims are more keen on celebrating New Year Eve than any Islamic occasion.

“Some of my friends are used to giving New Year parties in their houses where they invite their relatives and friends,” he said.

Nora Salman Abdul Aziz said that Muslims constitute the majority of those participating in the New Year eve parties held in hotels. “I do not mind Muslims congratulating Christians on their festivals by sending messages or cards. This would promote mutual kindness which is ordained by Islam,” she said, while stressing that Muslims should not take part in the non-Muslim practices such as putting lights out at midnight on New Year Eve or buying Christmas trees.

“I have never seen a Christian who joined the Muslims on Eid al-Adha by slaughtering a lamb and distributing its meat,” she added.

Nihad Mousa said that Muslims are now exchanging greetings like “Merry Christmas” among themselves.

“It seems that some people have forgotten that we live in a Muslim dominant community,” she said.

She blamed the people in charge of malls and stores for such practices. “They are vying to showcase and glorify Christmas and New Year by putting Christmas trees on display. It seems that stores are always fully prepared for the Christmas and New Year festivals while Eid al-Adha is not considered at all,” she said.

“I think that Eid al-Adha has been offered as a sacrifice for the New Year and Christmas this year,” she said, adding that some Muslims have begun decorating their houses with Christmas trees.

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http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=125280&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man : How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man


How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions


We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies.

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RUSH TRANSCRIPT

AMY GOODMAN: John Perkins joins us now in our firehouse studio. Welcome to Democracy Now!

JOHN PERKINS: Thank you, Amy. It’s great to be here.

AMY GOODMAN: It’s good to have you with us. Okay, explain this term, “economic hit man,” e.h.m., as you call it.

JOHN PERKINS: Basically what we were trained to do and what our job is to do is to build up the American empire. To bring — to create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we’ve been very successful. We’ve built the largest empire in the history of the world. It’s been done over the last 50 years since World War II with very little military might, actually. It’s only in rare instances like Iraq where the military comes in as a last resort. This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people into our way of life, through the economic hit men. I was very much a part of that.

AMY GOODMAN: How did you become one? Who did you work for?

JOHN PERKINS: Well, I was initially recruited while I was in business school back in the late sixties by the National Security Agency, the nation’s largest and least understood spy organization; but ultimately I worked for private corporations. The first real economic hit man was back in the early 1950’s, Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of Teddy, who overthrew of government of Iran, a democratically elected government, Mossadegh’s government who was Time’s magazine person of the year; and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed — well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. We didn’t have to worry about the threat of war with Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that Roosevelt was a C.I.A. agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. to recruit potential economic hit men like me and then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms, construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no connection with the government.

AMY GOODMAN: Okay. Explain the company you worked for.

JOHN PERKINS: Well, the company I worked for was a company named Chas. T. Main in Boston, Massachusetts. We were about 2,000 employees, and I became its chief economist. I ended up having fifty people working for me. But my real job was deal-making. It was giving loans to other countries, huge loans, much bigger than they could possibly repay. One of the conditions of the loan–let’s say a $1 billion to a country like Indonesia or Ecuador–and this country would then have to give ninety percent of that loan back to a U.S. company, or U.S. companies, to build the infrastructure–a Halliburton or a Bechtel. These were big ones. Those companies would then go in and build an electrical system or ports or highways, and these would basically serve just a few of the very wealthiest families in those countries. The poor people in those countries would be stuck ultimately with this amazing debt that they couldn’t possibly repay. A country today like Ecuador owes over fifty percent of its national budget just to pay down its debt. And it really can’t do it. So, we literally have them over a barrel. So, when we want more oil, we go to Ecuador and say, “Look, you’re not able to repay your debts, therefore give our oil companies your Amazon rain forest, which are filled with oil.” And today we’re going in and destroying Amazonian rain forests, forcing Ecuador to give them to us because they’ve accumulated all this debt. So we make this big loan, most of it comes back to the United States, the country is left with the debt plus lots of interest, and they basically become our servants, our slaves. It’s an empire. There’s no two ways about it. It’s a huge empire. It’s been extremely successful.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. You say because of bribes and other reason you didn’t write this book for a long time. What do you mean? Who tried to bribe you, or who — what are the bribes you accepted?

JOHN PERKINS: Well, I accepted a half a million dollar bribe in the nineties not to write the book.

AMY GOODMAN: From?

JOHN PERKINS: From a major construction engineering company.

AMY GOODMAN: Which one?

JOHN PERKINS: Legally speaking, it wasn’t — Stoner-Webster. Legally speaking it wasn’t a bribe, it was — I was being paid as a consultant. This is all very legal. But I essentially did nothing. It was a very understood, as I explained in Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, that it was — I was — it was understood when I accepted this money as a consultant to them I wouldn’t have to do much work, but I mustn’t write any books about the subject, which they were aware that I was in the process of writing this book, which at the time I called “Conscience of an Economic Hit Man.” And I have to tell you, Amy, that, you know, it’s an extraordinary story from the standpoint of — It’s almost James Bondish, truly, and I mean–

AMY GOODMAN: Well that’s certainly how the book reads.

JOHN PERKINS: Yeah, and it was, you know? And when the National Security Agency recruited me, they put me through a day of lie detector tests. They found out all my weaknesses and immediately seduced me. They used the strongest drugs in our culture, sex, power and money, to win me over. I come from a very old New England family, Calvinist, steeped in amazingly strong moral values. I think I, you know, I’m a good person overall, and I think my story really shows how this system and these powerful drugs of sex, money and power can seduce people, because I certainly was seduced. And if I hadn’t lived this life as an economic hit man, I think I’d have a hard time believing that anybody does these things. And that’s why I wrote the book, because our country really needs to understand, if people in this nation understood what our foreign policy is really about, what foreign aid is about, how our corporations work, where our tax money goes, I know we will demand change.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to John Perkins. In your book, you talk about how you helped to implement a secret scheme that funneled billions of dollars of Saudi Arabian petrol dollars back into the U.S. economy, and that further cemented the intimate relationship between the House of Saud and successive U.S. administrations. Explain.

JOHN PERKINS: Yes, it was a fascinating time. I remember well, you’re probably too young to remember, but I remember well in the early seventies how OPEC exercised this power it had, and cut back on oil supplies. We had cars lined up at gas stations. The country was afraid that it was facing another 1929-type of crash–depression; and this was unacceptable. So, they — the Treasury Department hired me and a few other economic hit men. We went to Saudi Arabia. We —

AMY GOODMAN: You’re actually called economic hit men –e.h.m.’s?

JOHN PERKINS: Yeah, it was a tongue-in-cheek term that we called ourselves. Officially, I was a chief economist. We called ourselves e.h.m.’s. It was tongue-in-cheek. It was like, nobody will believe us if we say this, you know? And, so, we went to Saudi Arabia in the early seventies. We knew Saudi Arabia was the key to dropping our dependency, or to controlling the situation. And we worked out this deal whereby the Royal House of Saud agreed to send most of their petro-dollars back to the United States and invest them in U.S. government securities. The Treasury Department would use the interest from these securities to hire U.S. companies to build Saudi Arabia–new cities, new infrastructure–which we’ve done. And the House of Saud would agree to maintain the price of oil within acceptable limits to us, which they’ve done all of these years, and we would agree to keep the House of Saud in power as long as they did this, which we’ve done, which is one of the reasons we went to war with Iraq in the first place. And in Iraq we tried to implement the same policy that was so successful in Saudi Arabia, but Saddam Hussein didn’t buy. When the economic hit men fail in this scenario, the next step is what we call the jackals. Jackals are C.I.A.-sanctioned people that come in and try to foment a coup or revolution. If that doesn’t work, they perform assassinations. or try to. In the case of Iraq, they weren’t able to get through to Saddam Hussein. He had — His bodyguards were too good. He had doubles. They couldn’t get through to him. So the third line of defense, if the economic hit men and the jackals fail, the next line of defense is our young men and women, who are sent in to die and kill, which is what we’ve obviously done in Iraq.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you explain how Torrijos died?

JOHN PERKINS: Omar Torrijos, the President of Panama. Omar Torrijos had signed the Canal Treaty with Carter much — and, you know, it passed our congress by only one vote. It was a highly contended issue. And Torrijos then also went ahead and negotiated with the Japanese to build a sea-level canal. The Japanese wanted to finance and construct a sea-level canal in Panama. Torrijos talked to them about this which very much upset Bechtel Corporation, whose president was George Schultz and senior council was Casper Weinberger. When Carter was thrown out (and that’s an interesting story–how that actually happened), when he lost the election, and Reagan came in and Schultz came in as Secretary of State from Bechtel, and Weinberger came from Bechtel to be Secretary of Defense, they were extremely angry at Torrijos — tried to get him to renegotiate the Canal Treaty and not to talk to the Japanese. He adamantly refused. He was a very principled man. He had his problem, but he was a very principled man. He was an amazing man, Torrijos. And so, he died in a fiery airplane crash, which was connected to a tape recorder with explosives in it, which — I was there. I had been working with him. I knew that we economic hit men had failed. I knew the jackals were closing in on him, and the next thing, his plane exploded with a tape recorder with a bomb in it. There’s no question in my mind that it was C.I.A. sanctioned, and most — many Latin American investigators have come to the same conclusion. Of course, we never heard about that in our country.

AMY GOODMAN: So, where — when did your change your heart happen?

JOHN PERKINS: I felt guilty throughout the whole time, but I was seduced. The power of these drugs, sex, power, and money, was extremely strong for me. And, of course, I was doing things I was being patted on the back for. I was chief economist. I was doing things that Robert McNamara liked and so on.

AMY GOODMAN: How closely did you work with the World Bank?

JOHN PERKINS: Very, very closely with the World Bank. The World Bank provides most of the money that’s used by economic hit men, it and the I.M.F. But when 9/11 struck, I had a change of heart. I knew the story had to be told because what happened at 9/11 is a direct result of what the economic hit men are doing. And the only way that we’re going to feel secure in this country again and that we’re going to feel good about ourselves is if we use these systems we’ve put into place to create positive change around the world. I really believe we can do that. I believe the World Bank and other institutions can be turned around and do what they were originally intended to do, which is help reconstruct devastated parts of the world. Help — genuinely help poor people. There are twenty-four thousand people starving to death every day. We can change that.

AMY GOODMAN: John Perkins, I want to thank you very much for being with us. John Perkins’ book is called, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

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John Perkins describes himself as a former economic hit man – a highly paid professional who cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars.

20 years ago Perkins began writing a book with the working title, “Conscience of an Economic Hit Men.”

Perkins writes, “The book was to be dedicated to the presidents of two countries, men who had been his clients whom I respected and thought of as kindred spirits – Jaime Roldós, president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in.

John Perkins goes on to write: “I was persuaded to stop writing that book. I started it four more times during the next twenty years. On each occasion, my decision to begin again was influenced by current world events: the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1980, the first Gulf War, Somalia, and the rise of Osama bin Laden. However, threats or bribes always convinced me to stop.”

But now Perkins has finally published his story. The book is titled Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. John Perkins joins us now in our Firehouse studios.

  • John Perkins, from 1971 to 1981 he worked for the international consulting firm of Chas T. Main where he was a self-described “economic hit man.” He is the author of the new book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8171.htm

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US Terrorize The World – 13 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (3.1.07)

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 3, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Christmas and New Years Celebrations Eclipse Eid in Muslim Countries


AS THE New Year, Christmas and Eid al-Adha fall during the same period this year, some Qatar residents are of the opinion that the Eid has been overshadowed by non-Muslim festivals.

According to a report in a local Arabic daily, these people blamed the department stores in Doha for what they called “total neglect” of Eid al-Adha and its related festivities.
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=125280&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions

We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8171.htm

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s Rape Of Iraq – At Least 655,000 + +

http://tinyurl.com/usq4x

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s Rape Of Iraq 3,003
http://icasualties.org/oif/

The Rape of Iraq Costs $355,073,645,122 – See the cost in your community
http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Breaking News: Muqtada among hooded men who hanged Saddam

Breaking News:
US media and columnists reported that the men who hanged Saddam Hussein were portly. Some were chubby, fat. News has emerged from Iraq mere hours ago that one of those men wearing a balaclava was the criminal Muqtada Sadr, leader of the murderous Mehdi band of rogue rapists and torturers.

Sadr, who the US once wanted dead or alive. Sadr, the man behind all the death squads, all the raping, all the torture, all the death squads.
http://truth-about-iraqis2.blogspot.com/2007/01/breaking-news-muqtada-among-hooded-men.html

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Hijacking Eid and Hanging Saddam – Timing and Hostile Repartee Creates Further Division

Saddam Hussein became the first modern Arab dictator to die violently since Egypt’s Anwar Sadat in 1981. Saddam’s hanging at the hands of chubby Iraqi men wearing ski masks is likely to be perceived by many as an American execution and as part of a trend of American missteps contributing to sectarian tensions in Iraq and the region. The trial of Saddam was viewed by detractors as an event stage-managed by the Americans. According to Human Rights Watch, the Iraqi judges and lawyers involved in prosecuting Saddam were ill prepared and relied on their American advisers. American minders shut off the microphones and ordered the translators to halt whenever they disapproved of what was being said by the defendants.

The important Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha was due to begin over the weekend. For Sunnis it began on Saturday the 30th of December. For Shias it begins on Sunday the 31st. According to tradition in Mecca, battles are suspended during the Hajj period so that pilgrims can safely march to Mecca. This practice even predated Islam and Muslims preserved this tradition, calling this period ‘Al Ashur al Hurm,’ or the months of truce. By hanging Saddam on the Sunni Eid the Americans and the Iraqi government were in effect saying that only the Shia Eid had legitimacy. Sunnis were irate that Shia traditions were given primacy (as they are more and more in Iraq these days) and that Shias disrespected the tradition and killed Saddam on this day. Because the Iraqi constitution itself prohibits executions from being carried out on Eid, the Iraqi government had to officially declare that Eid did not begin until Sunday the 31st. It was a striking decision, virtually declaring that Iraq is now a Shia state. Eid al Adha is the festival of the sacrifice of the sheep. Some may perceive it as the day Saddam was sacrificed.
http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/452/Hijacking_Eid_and_Hanging_Saddam

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The Consequences of Killing Saddam

Since the US invasion of Iraq, by one widely reported estimate, as many as 655,000 Iraqis have been killed, in air strikes, by bombs, in death-squad executions and generalized civil strife. Now, add one by hanging: the kangaroo-court trial and execution of Saddam Hussein. In life, even in prison, he inspired many loyalists to fight for his legacy; but his death is certain to spark even fiercer violence, not just from his remaining lieutenants and senior Baath party officials but throughout the broader Sunni Arab community in Iraq. It pushes any hope of Sunni-Shiite reconciliation farther away, inflames passions on both sides and solidifies the image of the United States in Iraq as a bloodthirsty occupier.

The 655,000 US victims in Iraq do not include the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, mostly children, who died during a twelve-year era of US-imposed sanctions on Iraq from 1991 to 2003, but those deaths, at least, were obscured by a fig leaf of legality, since the sanctions had been approved by the UN Security Council. Bush’s Iraq War had no such cover: It was deemed “illegal” by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0102-56.htm

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2007 unhappy year for the invaders: From Omar Mukhtar to Saddam Hussein…The resistance continues

Win or die. The occupiers have to fight the next generation and each generations, my life will be longer than the life of my will be longer than the life of the executioners………(Omar Mukhtar)

I never been one of Saddam supporters, I was against Saddam’s policy but honesty required to say the truth
http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2006/12/31/2007-unhappy-year-for-the-invaders-from-omar-al-mukhtar-to-saddam-hussein%e2%80%a6the-resistance-continues/

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Two Thousand Years Later, the Story of Issa Renewed

Your Excellency we have known you for long time in the battlefield of Jihad and struggle. You are our guiding light and the force that motivates us to carry the banner of our nation. We assure you that we will never let it fall. It will stay as high as your spirit.

Two thousand years ago, our compatriot, Issa Al Massih, Jesus Christ, whose ancestors came from Iraq to Palestine, was assassinated, like you, for his principles that he stood for, the Romans and their allies in the area sacrificed him in the Day of Sacrifice.
http://www.al-moharer.net/

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30 December 2006 – a day of infamy

30 December 2006 will be remembered as a day of infamy. In violation of international law and human decency, the quisling government of occupied Iraq, a puppet, sectarian regime installed by the American occupation and supported by Iran, assassinated the legitimate President of the Republic of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.

It’s been reported that after his execution the assassins shouted: “Long live Muqtada, Long live Muqtada” [Moqtada Al-Sadr]

It’s also been reported that Saddam Hussein was tortured before his execution and his body was mutilated afterwards. Another source tells us: “The video shows no blood on Saddam’s face and body, TV aired video of the body showed blood, cuts and bruises on the face.”
http://www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2006/12/30-december-2006-day-of-infamy.htm

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The Barbaric Lynching of President Saddam Hussein

On the Holy day of Eid, the world watched in horror at the barbaric lynching of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, allegedly for crimes against humanity. This public murder was sanctioned by the War Criminals, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair.

This sadistic act broadcasted to the whole world is a travesty of justice, and was meant to demonstrate the imperial power of the United States and serves as a warning to peace loving peoples that we must either bow to the dictates of the Bush regime or face the consequences of a public lynching.

The lynching was also an insult to all Muslims, as it occurred on the Holy Day of Eid, whereby Muslims devote themselves to prayer and forgiveness. It is all too clear that the war criminal Bush has no sensitivities whatsoever for Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca. This barbaric act is a sacrilege!
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m29462&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Saddam Hussein, The Martyr of the Arab people

What a sad day , and what a humiliation to our Arab people and Arab masses when the enemy of our people, The American occupier and its puppets and collaborators execute the legitimate president of Iraq on the day of Eid.

Let me set one thing straight, I have never been a fan of Saddam Hussein nor of his regime and I always hoped that the Iraqi people would be able of ousting him and bringing him to justice like I wish he same for all dictators and war criminals around the world including Bush, Olmert and Blair. Nevertheless, not one hair on my head would envisage accepting foreign occupation and the ousting of an Arab leader by the enemy of our nation, no matter how bloodthirsty , oppressive or corrupted that leader can be.
http://www.arabeuropean.org/article.php?ID=129&PHPSESSID=71b6a271b11e258d966b67cf0ed740c1

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (formerly Jawad al-Maliki) broke the Iraqi law when he ordered killing of Saddam without Iraqi President’s signature

It was a sad day. Americans delivered Saddam to the ‘so called Irqi authorities’. A vedeo footage from a cell phone exposed the real nature of the Iraqi Government. The killing of Saddam was nothing but a clear manifestation of revenge.

According to CNN, Iraqi law requires that Kurd President of Iraq (Talabani) must sign the order of execution of Saddam. He refused to sign when he learnt “Sadr Killers” will be killing Saddam. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (formerly Jawad al-Maliki) a disciple of Iranian Shiite Moqtada Al-Sadr found a new method to get Saddam killed by ‘Sadr killers’. He decided to break the Iraqi law. The decision was made that no signature of the President will be needed.
http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/14980.asp

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‘Illegal’ Execution Enrages Arabs

Saddam Hussein was hanged on what is held to be a day of mercy and feasting in the Islamic world. It is usually celebrated with the slaughter of a lamb, which represents the innocent blood of Ishmael, who was sacrificed by his father, the prophet Abraham, to honour God.
http://tinyurl.com/tehea

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Angry Muslims slam Iraq, US for Saddam death

Muslims in their thousands, both inside and outside war-torn Iraq, have lashed out at the country’s Shiite leaders as well as the United States for executing Saddam Hussein during one of Islam’s holiest periods.
http://tinyurl.com/y6pz2w

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Muslims criticize timing of execution

Muslim leaders around the world espressed dismay Saturday that Saddam Hussein was executed at the time of Id al-Adha, an important holiday considered a time of forgiveness and compassion.

Muslim countries often pardon criminals to mark the occasion, and prisoners are rarely executed at that time.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/12/30/news/web.1230feast.php

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Iraqis pour into Saddam hometown to pay homage

Thousands of Sunni walk through Tikrit streets after ease of security ban chanting Saddam’s name.

Occupied Tikrit ,January 2, 2006 – Mourning Sunni Arabs poured into Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in their thousands on Tuesday to pay homage to the former president three days after he was hanged in Baghdad.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/iraq/?id=19008

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Saddam’s execution was a sectarian reprisal, local media

London (KurdishMedia.com) 02 January 2007: A number of media outlets have noticed that the execution of Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, was a result of a sectarian revenge which carried out by Muqtada al-Sadir group.

The full video of the execution which was released on the internet and which appears to be recorded on a mobile phone reveals some important points which are contrary to the Iraqi officials’ claims.

The video reveals that Saddam Hussein was not a broken man and he was smiling while waiting for his death. This was also noticed by the Kurdish online media outlet Hawlati, which stated that Saddam’s execution video proved contrary to the Iraqi official claims.
http://www.kurdmedia.com/news.asp?id=13833

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In the end, Saddam wins, Iraq loses

Saddam Hussein, assassinated President of the Republic of Iraq, wins in the end.
Defiant, unlike his hooded assassins who could be nothing but the epitome of cowardice, he died almost instantaneously.
As if God wanted to spare him suffering. The suffering Iraqis both during his rule and after endured.
The suffering that has turned Iraq’s tragedy into self-deprecating humor.
But the Sadrist Shia and Badrist Iranian curs wanted their revenge, so they stomped on him, beat him, with bruises appearing on his face.
In the end, after all the bloodshed, Saddam proved that he was right and everyone who had cheered the invasion of our country was wrong.
In the end, Saddam proved that what is to come in his aftermath is far worse than what existed during his time.
Who released the mobile phone video and why? Was it an attempt to denigrate and humiliate all Sunnis and Arabs?
Was it to cheer Iran’s final victory over Iraq and the Arabs?
Is that what the video achieved?
Hardly. If anything, the world community is shocked by the barbarity of the new Iraq. The new Iraq, bastion of freedom and democracy.
http://truth-about-iraqis2.blogspot.com/2007/01/in-end-saddam-wins-iraq-loses.html

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Saddam Hussein Hanged for the Wrong Reason

It was not the Iraqi government but its American masters that chose to execute Saddam Hussein in a great rush as soon as the first sentence was confirmed, thus canceling all the other trials on far graver charges that awaited him. The current Iraqi government had nothing to hide if those trials went ahead; the United States government did.
http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=90555

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Britain’s Two Faces on the Death Penalty

LONDON (IPS) – The British government has found a simple way of welcoming the death penalty for Saddam Hussein while saying it opposes the death penalty.

After former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was hanged, the government simply said both things, with no clear indication that the government cannot quite welcome what it opposes. We advocate an end to the death penalty worldwide, regardless of the individual or the crime. We have made our position very clear to the Iraqi authorities, but we respect their decision as that of a sovereign nation.
http://electroniciraq.net/news/2783.shtml

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Saddam’s execution: Questions

According to the official reports, the execution was witnessed by 14 members of Iraqi government. This means that the voices, we hear in the video, belong either to the three executioners, or to Saddam Hussein, or to the members of the Iraqi government. If this is true, then:

1. Who and why shouted, “Long live Muhamad Baqir al Sadr!”, and then, “Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada”? Why would members of Iraqi government want to do this? This does not make any sense. If they didn’t, who did? Was the execution contracted out to the Mahdi Army? Who contracted it out, Americans or the Iraqi government? Why?
2. Why the chanting, we hear in the video, sounds like a bunch of young guys from the street, rather than “distinguished” members of the government? One would expect members of the government to behave in a more professional way.
3. Why the three executioners look, dress, and act like civilian guerrilla fighters rather than professional officers that would be expected to carry out a sentence of such historical and political importance in front of the members of the government?
4. Who recorded the cell phone video and published it on internet fully knowing that this would provoke a long lasting violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq. The video seems to clearly “prove” that Shia government and Mahdi Army executed Saddam. Who wants and needs a bloody, full scale civil war i Iraq? The timing of the execution, that was carried out on the morning of the Eid al-Adha, can only be explained by a desire to upset both radical and moderate Muslims and therefore to increase the size and scope of the expected conflict.
http://canadawatch.org/articles2/saddams-execution.htm

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Bethlehem declares three-days of mourning for Saddam Hussein, Images of Saddam Hussain in Palestinian homes

Palestinian National and Islamic parties in the West Bank’s Bethlehem District have declared a three-day period of mourning for the death of Saddam Hussain. The announcement was made following a meeting of party and factional representatives.

They had assembled to discuss “the assassination of President Saddam Hussein,” as described by the Factional Coordinating Committee Chairperson and Fateh representative, Hassan Abed Rabbo.
http://www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2007%20News%20Archives/January/2%20n/Bethlehem%20declares%20three-days%20of%20mourning%20for%20Saddam%20Hussein,%20Images%20of%20Saddam%20Hussain%20in%20Palestinian%20homes.htm

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Former Saddam judge says execution violates Iraqi law

The first chief judge who presided over Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity said on Monday that the late dictator’s execution by the Iraqi government was illegal.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1885354,00050004.htm

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Conveniently forgotten – Saddam committed most of his crimes when he was an ally of those who now occupy his country

It was symbolic that 2006 ended with a colonial hanging – most of it shown on state television in occupied Iraq. It has been that sort of year in the Arab world. The trial was so blatantly rigged that even Human Rights Watch had to condemn it as a travesty. Judges were changed on Washington’s orders, defence lawyers were killed and the whole procedure resembled a well orchestrated lynch mob. Where Nuremberg was a relatively dignified application of victor’s justice, Saddam Hussein’s trial was the crudest and most grotesque to date.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1980775,00.html

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Conflicting accounts of CIA and Saddam, 1959-1963

My posting last Saturday, For Whom the Bell Tolls: Top Ten Ways the US Enabled Saddam Hussein has elicited a very interesting account by a US government insider contesting the allegations about CIA-Saddam connections early in his life, specifically 1959-1963, and which denies CIA complicity in the first Baath coup of 1963 or the use of the Baath to destroy the Iraqi Communist Party.
http://www.juancole.com/2007/01/apocalypse-ii-in-samarra-us-kills-6-at.html

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Thanks For The Memories

Short video explains the CIA’s role in Saddams rise to power
http://www.ericblumrich.com/thanks.html

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An all-consuming ‘war on terror’

The official mantra is that we fight in Iraq because it is the “central front in the War on Terror.” The exact opposite is the case.
http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/baltsun09.html

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Iraqis who aided U.S. find closed doors

Even those who helped during the war are rarely allowed sanctuary
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/02/news/refugee.php

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Islamic Army calls for ‘saving Baghdad from Iranian occupation’

“Iraq is under a double, US-Iranian occupation, the worst being the Iranian Safavid (Shiite Persian) occupation,” the IAI’s “emir” said in an audio message posted on a website used by Iraqi insurgent groups on Monday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070101/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrestiranus

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16,273 Deaths Reported During U.S. Occupation of Iraq in 2006

Government officials reported that 16,273 Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police died violent deaths in 2006, a figure larger than an independent Associated Press count for the year by more than 2,500.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6317353,00.html

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Yet another milestone – 3000 : Truth About Iraqis

How many more young Americans are to be sacrificed so that Iran rules the Arab Gulf?
3000 dead. For nothing. Nothing at all.
But only death. Death of 650,000 Iraqis.
Death of the Iraqi state.
And the invasion of Iraq now means the US must either take on Iran or allow a World War to begin in a few months.
You reap what you sow.
Long live the noble Iraqi resistance.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m29459&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 1 January 2007.

  • Resistance blasts US helicopter out of the air with heat-seeking missile Monday night.
  • Iraqis by the hundreds, Sunni and Shi‘i alike, flock to al-‘Awjah village to visit grave of Martyred President.
  • Powerful Iraqi Resistance bomb rips US troop transport apart leaving 10 American troops reported dead in at-Tarimiyah Sunday.
  • US soldier wounded as demonstrations denouncing the assassination of Saddam Husayn in Salah ad-Din Province escalate on third day.
  • US soldier reported killed, mine sweeper heavily damaged in Resistance bombing in al-Ishaqi.
  • Three US troops reported dead after Resistance bomb explodes south of al-Hillah Monday.
  • US soldier reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter in al-Hawijah Sunday.
  • Resistance bombards US headquarters in Abu Ghurayb with mortars Sunday morning.
  • Resistance forces blast Jaysh al-Mahdi pro-Iranian gunmen with Katyusha rockets midday Sunday.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US patrol in ad-Durah Monday morning.
  • Resistance rockets blast US-occupied base in at-Taji Sunday evening.
  • US base in at-Taji burns following Resistance rocket barrage Sunday night.
  • Resistance mortars pound pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi headquarters in Balad.
  • Resistance mounts ferocious attack on US base in as-Siniyah near Bayji Sunday night.
  • Resistance bomb targets supply convoy for puppet “Interior Ministry Shock Troops” Sunday morning.
  • Resistance fighters kill five pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen in al-Yusufiyah.
  • Puppet police, US occupation troops arrest “security suspects” in al-Mawsil Sunday.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/iraqiresistancereport_010107.htm

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Blundering Into Somalia Yet Again

Claims by Ethiopia that Somalia, a nation without any real military forces, threatened its border were as fanciful as assertions by Washington and Addis Ababa that the so-called “transitional government” they had installed in the town of Baidoa represented anything more than its own well-paid members.
http://tinyurl.com/spl9y

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-muslim voice-
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