Mistakes and Death

January 6, 2007 at 8:26 am | Posted in American politics, Iraq, Saddam's execution, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Two images from today’s papers really stand out to show how badly things are going for us in the Middle East.

Images of Saddam Make Hussein a Martyr to Many

That image, linked to the article shows protests in Jordan over the lynching of Saddam.

In the week since Saddam Hussein was hanged in an execution steeped in sectarian overtones, his public image in the Arab world, formerly that of a convicted dictator, has undergone a resurgence of admiration and awe.

On the streets, in newspapers and over the Internet, Mr. Hussein has emerged as a Sunni Arab hero who stood calm and composed as his Shiite executioners tormented and abused him.

“No one will ever forget the way in which Saddam was executed,” President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt remarked in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot published Friday and distributed by the official Egyptian news agency. “They turned him into a martyr.”

In Libya, which canceled celebrations of the feast of Id al-Adha after the execution, a government statement said a statue depicting Mr. Hussein in the gallows would be erected, along with a monument to Omar al-Mukhtar, who resisted the Italian invasion of Libya and was hanged by the Italians in 1931.

In Morocco and the Palestinian territories, demonstrators held aloft photographs of Mr. Hussein and condemned the United States.

As Christopher Dickey points out, that’s bad for us.

Death in Haditha

A new report and this photograph taken detail the murder of innocent Iraqis at the hands of US soldiers. Iraqis do not forget this.

U.S. Marines gunned down five unarmed Iraqis who stumbled onto the scene of a 2005 roadside bombing in Haditha, Iraq, according to eyewitness accounts that are part of a lengthy investigative report obtained by The Washington Post.

Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the squad’s leader, shot the men one by one after Marines ordered them out of a white taxi in the moments following the explosion, which killed one Marine and injured two others, witnesses told investigators. Another Marine fired rounds into their bodies as they lay on the ground.

So, what is the “surge” supposed to do exactly?

Is This What 3000 Americans Died For?

January 2, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Posted in American politics, George W Bush, Iraq, Military, Saddam Trial, Saddam's execution, War on Terror | Leave a comment

Joshua Marshall says it so well about Saddam’s execution:

It’s a sorry picture. US Army officers trying to force some adherence to the rule of law in the execution of the former head of state. The current head of government — Maliki — demanding an immediate execution, then finding a series of ‘workarounds’ to sidestep to apparently clear laws blocking an immediate execution. And then getting final go-ahead from a group of clerics. Is that what 3,000 Americans died for?

Read his whole piece. Worth the read.

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