Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year, Saddam is dead

Happy New Year, Saddam is dead
But the Butcher of Baghdad did not lose his head

Tasteful video by the Iraqi government was inept
But a camera phone captured it all while W slept

Hooded thugs taunted the evil dictator on the gallows
Their vendetta executed on a day that was hallowed

They said “God damn you...You're going to hell"
Iran and the White House thought it was just swell

Shiite victims chanted "Moqtada!" at the secular Sunni
An "important milestone" said the "pleased" POTUS cartooney

"Let him swing for three minutes" one witness pled
The birds in the Green Zone will receive no more bread

A day later, the 3000th US soldier fell
"Bring 'em on" to "mission accomplished" hell

With 600,000 dead Iraqis now on our hands
And our sons and daughters still stuck in the sands

Will another revenge killing only bring more dread?
Why are those planes once again in my head?

Happy New Year, Saddam is dead
Perhaps we’ll feel safer if we just stay in bed


  1. I am certainly glad that at long last we have ridded Iraq of all its barbarians and helped foster a new, free, democratic state where human rights are paramount. Can you imagine how inhumanely people might have been treated if we had left Saddam in power? Why, people might have been hanged with gleeful fundamentalist rants ringing in the ears as they kicked out their last breaths while swinging from a rope ..., er, nevermind.

  2. White House reaction from today's Press Briefing by Tony Snow:

    MR. SNOW: Let me put it this way -- our officials have said they would -- and you have heard General Caldwell say -- they would have done it differently. The Iraqi government apparently has some qualms about some of the behavior of people within and they are taking a look, as well...I think the most important thing to realize is that Saddam Hussein was executed after a long trial, long and public trial that met international standards, an appeal that met international standards, under American -- he was in American custody for the vast majority of the time. He apparently, according to General Caldwell, thanked the jailers for their treatment of him. He was handed over to the Iraqi government. There were some -- the embassy expressed some concerns; the Iraqis listened to those concerns, they've carried it forward. And I think -- it's interesting because there seems to be a lot of concern about the last two minutes of Saddam Hussein's life and less about the first 69 in which he murdered hundreds of thousands of people. That's why he was executed.

    Q Has the President seen the videotape of the execution?

    MR. SNOW: I don't think so.

    Q Is there anything to the school of thought, following up on this two minutes versus 69 years thing, that it's not so much about Saddam Hussein as it is about the government that we're doing business with right now?

    MR. SNOW: No, I don't think so. Look, again, you had a long process where people were very careful about having a legal process where he had the right to self-defense, where he had the right to counsel, where he had the right to make his best case. And the government is investigating the conduct of some people within the chamber, and I think we'll leave it at that. But the one thing you've got to keep in mind is he got justice. This is a man who killed hundreds of thousands and was executed for it, according to the laws of the country and in accordance with legal traditions that have met international scrutiny.

    Q And yet you have the Iraqi government who the United States supports, turn this into a spectacle, or allow a spectacle to occur.

    MR. SNOW: Again, you seem to be a lot more confident about everything that occurred in that chamber than I am. I think why don't you let the Iraqis take a look at it and see how they handle it.

    Q But can you characterize what you saw what the President thought of this?

    MR. SNOW: No. I think, as we've said -- the comments have already been made -- General Caldwell said that we would have done it differently. The Iraqi government apparently thinks they should have done it differently. Let's see how it goes out. The most important thing to keep an eye on, this is a guy who killed hundreds of thousands of people and received justice.

    Q So if you want to move forward right, what you have to move forward to do is national reconciliation. And the message that the Iraqi government has for allowing that --

    MR. SNOW: It allowed what?

    Q A spectacle.

    MR. SNOW: Describe the spectacle.

    Q Well, there was a cell phone video in there; there were people shouting "Moqtada, Moqtada." I mean, that's about as far from national reconciliation as you can get.

    MR. SNOW: I think the government has made it clear that they understand that reconciliation is going to be a critical piece.

    Q You don't think that shows that there's somebody in that government with connections to al-Sadr?

    MR. SNOW: It's hard to say. Let them do -- they're doing an investigation here. I think it's worth taking a look at.

  3. Richard Dawkins in the LA Times:

    "It is in the nature of research on ruthless national dictators that the sample size is small. Wasn't the judicial destruction of one of the very few research subjects we had — and a prime specimen at that — an act of vandalism?"