Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saddam's Sentence

Baghdad, Iraq - Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging for his role in the death of 184 Shiites in al-Dijail case today, ending a long courtroom session that witnessed the death of several people involved in the ordeal more than one year from the date the whole facade started.

Other sentences included two other deaths for notorious courtdroom drama bad boy Ibrahim Barazan al-Tikriti (Abu Uday's half-bro) and Awad al-Bandar, head of the Revolution's Court. A life sentence plus some other sentences to be carried out in death for Taha Yassin Ramadhan, and other prison sentences (7, 15) for three other nameless dudes, and one clearance.

ACTING:
Asked about his performance on the trial, Saddam Hussein said that he could've done a lot better and that his performance sounded robotic and uneven, no where near his accolade-earning performances in earlier seasons, while we all respect the great multiple-award winning figure for his fiery and inspirational performances earlier on, he felt like speaking monolgues on cue even while brandishing his Quran, he said that he will be studying performances of Jack Nicholsons in 'A Few Good Men' and Al Pacino's 'Scent of A Woman' and 'And Justice for All' for inspiration for his next performances, which is unlikely that there ever will be - supporting actors like Taha Yassin Ramadhan and Awad Fadhil al-Bandar trotted out usual fares in their comfortable propaganda characters, especially chuckleworthy was the brittle parting speech of Ramadhan, in which he proclaimed: "I know that this court cannot keep me alive nor will it terminates me, but it is only in the will of God and the Mujahideen." He himself looked bored by the drone of such familiar words, they did not even make sense on his tribal, criminal face. This is always bad for actors, and it is rumored that Ramadhan might lose his contract if he keeps up these muddy performances.
Co-star Barazan al-Tikiriti however remained as controversial as ever, ending his role in a surprise twist of calm deadpan delivery: 'Congratulations.', retaining his unpredictable flavor. He later said that this was an improvisation: "I had my lines memorized, but while the cameras were rolling I felt that a silent, brooding look added menace and intrigute to a character often plagued with neurosis, he chuckled in the make-up room.

SCRIPT
While the script was predictable to a great degree, the writers did an especially nice job by some neat touches here and there, there was an ingenious scene where Saddam Hussein, upon hearing his death sentence, shouted: "Allahu Akbar", and a watcher above also said the exact same words - except Saddam said it in protest of the court's injustice while the wather applauded that court's integrity....such an ironic and fascinating display. I also liked the bit where they kick out former US attorney Ramsey Clark in a show of the court's independence and Iraqi spirits. It's very cool to see a bald Kurd kick out a Ramsey Clark (played by Jon Voight).

DIRECTION
The director does an absoluetly brilliant job as always, the visuals are slick and Saddam's make-up is absolutely spot-on, every camera captures a sublte nuance and the special effects are downright spectacular. Brilliant.
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Most of the Iraqis I've prodded felt oblivious to what could happen to Saddam's neck, a Sunni cousin of mine by the name of Omar in Ghazaliya said: 'To the hell', while another Sunni cousin of mine in Egypt said: 'To the heck." I for one, felt happy, and congratulated everyone I saw. While having justice done to the tyrant would have been so much better if it were not for the sad state of Iraq today, I only felt good today because this could actually achieve good effects on the ground - I think that the minute Saddam is executed many of the Baathists would stop and reconsider what they are fighting for, the Iraqi Baath party always will be a personality cult. Hell may break loose for the next couple of days but remember, we are already in hell, so bring it on.
Jordanians however looked upon the matter from the average benign way Arabs look upon Saddam, a brave valiant hero who stood up against America.

38 comments:

Matt said...

Interesting post, Kid. I loved how you tried to make it a movie review. Yeah, I'm sure like you said that it's hell over there right now. Maybe, when he dies, people will reconsider exaclty why they're killing eachother. I'm hopeful, but hoping won't change much, now will it?

Treasure of Baghdad said...

hey man! Interesting post. I am very happy that he is going to be executed but here is my opinion:

I think that executing him is something that is going to make him rest. I believe he should not be dead. He should be tortured like the ones he and his men tortured. He should be humiliated like how he humiliated his people. Then, he should be hanged. Where? In al-Tahrir square where he once hanged victims in public. This is the kind of justice that should be done.

Although I am happy that Saddam is going to be executed, I think it’s not going to change the real mess in Iraq. It is something like Zarqawi’s death which changed nothing. I think most Iraqis, especially those who lost relatives by Saddam’s tyranny, are happy that he is sentenced to death. But at the same time, the same people are still sad and depressed due what is going on there. It is what I call bittersweet.

The question remains: what will happen next? Does it even matter if he is dead or not? I don’t think so. He is gone. He’ll never be back. We should concentrate on the present.

As for the Jordanian, I think they were sad because they were the ones who were spoiled once by Saddam. Who hates getting oil and electricity for free?! They lost their provider. So of course they are mad! And to hell with them. They don't deserve even to be called "brothers".

Marshmallow26 said...

Hello KID,

Well done bro...but according to what I heard, there will be a Court of Cassation which lasts for 1 month, it might lead to contesting and re-consider the verdict again and the latter might uncage Saddam after all..!!!!

Can you imagine that???????

Konfused Kid said...

Treasure,
of course, no one can really say what is going to happen, but I feel Zarqawi's death was different for a number of ways:

1. to Ba'ath, Saddam is Equivalent to Bin Laden in al-Qaeda, so imagine what will the death of Bin Laden do to al-Qaeda.

2. al-Qaeda encourages suicidal operations and has a complex ideology that encourages death could serve as self-consistent, while Baa'thists fight for their interests and money, they fight for this life while al-Qaeda fight for the next.

These two factors could mean a great difference.

Marsh: Sure...expect hell for Iraqis until then. but I don't c how they will release him, the trial was just a show - we all know the verdict.

annie said...

well, definitely the most entertaining of all the posts today. take a bow

Fatima said...

LOL, Kid. Yah, Saddam definitely looked like he was just repeating something for the heck of it.

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

He should be tortured like the ones he and his men tortured. He should be humiliated like how he humiliated his people. Treasure of Baghdad

Revenge is not justice. And it is this thinking that pervades Iraq today. If it is not changed there will simply be a change of dictators.

Kid,

Interesting post.

Treasure of Baghdad said...

Lynnette in Minnesota,

We saw the justice Americans did in Iraq. duh!

This is the real justice, not the delicate one you claim to have.

Treasure of Baghdad said...

"If it is not changed there will simply be a change of dictators."

They are already there. Thanks to Bush who brought them back to Iraq. Thanks to Hakim and Jaafari who kill whomever they beleive is against them. Wasn't that how Saddam ruled Iraq?

Jon in Maryland said...

Nice sardonic post, Kid! I'm against capital punishment in general. But in his case I guess I'd admit to an exception. But it does bother me that I can think up exquisite punishments for some who've transgressed hugely against basic rules of humanity. For Saddam, it would be to place him in a very large room with no way out or up, except a few pegs in the walls here and there, long enough to grasp and even to stand on, at least for a while. Then to introduce a half dozen large, wild pigs which had been given water but not food for several days.

That would probably amount to "revenge," but some might consider it an appropriate punishment. And probably physically less agonizing than the burning alive of thousands of "heretics" (the Christian equivalent of apostates, I guess) during a thousand years of "Christian" history.

His end might lead to an end of, or at least a large decrease in, the violence in Iraq. I too have some small hope. I wish some of the most respected leaders of the different religious sects in Iraq would do a long, joint television appearance calling on all of their people to cease the killing, stop the retaliation against those who've had nothing to do with the killings, and unite as Iraqis. Signing a piece of paper just doesn't have the same impact.

Tsedek said...

I read the Iraqi blogs and get mixed messages: glad but not really cause things are worse now in Iraq.
I would so much like to know how the average Iraqi is seeing this sentence, this development, but it's hard to gather.
Me, personally, am happy with whatever "the" Iraqi is happy with.
So, it's difficult to make up my mind about this now, not knowing this.
Take care KK, and well wishes from me (who was crying her eyes out reading your post about your 4 friends, may their souls rest in peace), here, in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Tse.

:: Katrin said...

Jon,

I wish some of the most respected leaders of the different religious sects in Iraq would do a long, joint television appearance calling on all of their people to cease the killing, stop the retaliation against those who've had nothing to do with the killings, and unite as Iraqis.

You assume that there are exclusively Iraqis killing each other. I have my serious doubts about this.

Jenny said...

Logged in to see what Kid's reaction to the sentence was, well, got it loud and clear :)
Good writing again, Kid!

(HEYYYYY!!!! TSEDEK!!! Rietje! Long time no see!!!!! )

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

This is the real justice, not the delicate one you claim to have. Treasure of Baghdad

And when asked, Saddam said that the people he killed were all thugs. No doubt he thought he was rendering justice too.

They say that emulation is the sincerest form of flattery. I ask you, BT, why would you want to emulate Saddam? He is an evil man.

Jon,

I disagree with your punishment for Saddam. Death, yes. But to stoop to his level would not bring one solace.

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Tsedek said...

no response, right?

pitty:(

Jenny plz see u'r blog :)

Take care
Tse.

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

no response, right? tsedek

Do you mean to my question to BT?

Actually, I wasn't really expecting one. Close minded people tend to cut and run when the discussion gets tough.

Or do you mean from the Kid in response to your comment?

He's probably sleeping. :)

Tsedek said...

To my comment, Lynnette. I'd really like to know.

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annie said...

I ask you, BT, why would you want to emulate Saddam?

you are full of crap lynn. why do you beat your wife?

annie said...

Close minded people tend to cut and run when the discussion gets tough.

more likey they just ignore imbeciles. and are raise w/to many manners to engage you in your strawman.

for you to think you are tough? ha!

Anonymous said...

Iraq, it seems will have to have another charismatic thug like
Saddam to stop the killing and make the trains run on time. Moqtada (?) al Sadr looks like the most likely candidate. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Iraq, it seems will have to have another charismatic thug like
Saddam to stop the killing and make the trains run on time. Moqtada (?) al Sadr looks like the most likely candidate. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Iraq, it seems, can only be saved from itself by some charismatic thug, like Saddam—someone who can stop the killing make the trains run on time because he strikes terror in every heart. Is that someone going to be Moqtada (?) Al Sadr?

Anonymous said...

Iraq, it seems, can only be saved from itself by some charismatic thug, like Saddam—someone who can stop the killing make the trains run on time because he strikes terror in every heart. Is that someone going to be Moqtada (?) Al Sadr?

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