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Saddam is about to meet his maker

Saddam Hussein’s date with a hangman is close:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein’s date with death appears to be just hours away. The former president of Iraq will be hanged “within a matter of hours,” a Bush administration official told FOX News on Friday.

“The final meetings have taken places,” the official said, adding in Iraqis have requested Saddam be turned over to them. “The process is now in the final stage.”

Earlier, the Associated Press reported via a top Iraqi official that Saddam would be hanged before 10 p.m. ET Friday night (6 a.m. Saturday in Baghdad).

The official witnesses to the impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone in final preparation for his hanging, and state television broadcast footage of his regime’s atrocities.

Saddam’s chief lawyer said the U.S. had turned over custody of the mass murderer to Iraqi officials, one of the last steps necessary before the execution. An Iraqi parliamentarian, Methal Al Aloser, backed up the lawyer’s claims. Al Aloser said not only had Saddam been handed over, but all papers and documents were finalized and the execution will be soon.

But Bush administration sources, apprised of Al Aloser’s remarks, reaffirmed that Saddam Hussein remains in U.S. custody.
Two State Department officials also told FOX News Saddam was still being held by Americans. “We are absolutely certain he has not been handed over,” one official said. The official said the handover might not happen for a few more hours — or possibly even for a few more days.

“There is no reason for delays,” said Munir Haddad, an Iraqi judge on the appeals court that reviewed Saddam’s case. He also said the execution will occur by Saturday.

Whatever his execution date might be, it must be pretty close. He is getting what he deserves. However, there are some unresolved issues (from the same Fox News report):

Iraq’s highest court on Tuesday rejected Saddam’s appeal against his conviction and death sentence for the killing of 148 Shiites in the northern city of Dujail in 1982. The court said the former dictator should be hanged within 30 days.

While Saddam’s death for the Dujail massacre appears imminent, he’s still facing trial for other atrocities. Saddam faces genocide charges related to a coordinated campaign that killed up to 100,000 Kurds, according to Human Rights Watch. During that campaign, Saddam used chemical weapons, which killed some 30,000 Iraqis and Iranians.

So, are we not going to see any trials for the rest of his crimes against humanity? I personally would prefer to try him for everything and then hang him. Why the rush? Are the Iraqis worried that with the new Congress coming to power in the new year we might abandon Iraq? Even with Saddam dead we should not abandon the place. I hope we won’t.

December 29, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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