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Well now. Do you know what all the chattering stuff is about? They’re having something of a political discussion, the hooded guys and Saddam. And this is exactly the sort of thing that confirms my paranoia, that encourages me in my arguments against those who believe that all of this mess is simply the stuff of incompetence at the top. Just as the timing of the verdict was synced to the US elections, we have now a taunting celebration of Sunni impotence just as things really start to heat up over there.

This is the sort of thing that makes it impossible not to believe that the guys pushing the buttons are, in short, interested in generating, not restraining, sectarian violence….

I can’t bring a cigarette lighter on a plane but someone was able to smuggle a cameraphone into the execution chamber?

UPDATE: Here’s what I was talking about in particular, from the NY Times:

The cacophony from those gathered before the gallows included a shout of “Go to hell!” as the former ruler stood with the noose around his neck in the final moments, and his riposte, barely audible above the bedlam, which included the words “gallows of shame.” It continued despite appeals from an official-sounding voice, possibly Munir Haddad, the judge who presided at the hanging, saying, “Please no! The man is about to die.”

The Shiites who predominated at the hanging began a refrain at one point of “Moktada! Moktada! Moktada!”— the name of a volatile cleric whose private militia has spawned death squads that have made an indiscriminate industry of killing Sunnis — appending it to a Muslim imprecation for blessings on the Prophet Muhammad. “Moktada,” Mr. Hussein replied, smiling contemptuously. “Is this how real men behave?”

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December 31, 2006 at 2:04 am

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