Sunday, December 31, 2006

Iraqi Bloggers on Saddam's Execution

With Saddam now safely reunited with his boyfriend in Hell, I thought I'd take a look at what the Iraqi Bloggers are saying about the execution. Have they posted about it? Do they view it as a good thing?

So, here's what I've found so far from the Iraqi blogs linked to from IBC. In some cases their vie of the execution is obvious or stated specifically; in other cases I took a guess.

Out of 43 blogs listed:

This is a survey of their recent posts. It's very possible that they had earlier posts on the subject that I didn't uncover, and likely they've addressed it in comments and so on.

So, if you have anything to add, subtract, multiply, or divide... please do!

** Updated 1/1/2007 **

Fayrouz, Faiza, HNK, and 24 Steps to Liberty have new posts. Fayrouz's post comes across as pretty even to me, so I added "neutral" as a category.

In the comments, CMAR II says "bad" for Khalid is not so tough a call...

** Updated 1/5/2007 **

Sooni has a new post on the hanging to supplement his previous one on the verdict.




Omar and Mohammed, ITM

Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "On this day as we celebrate justice we shall not forget to pray for blessings for the souls of the dictator's victims and we shall not forget to thank our brothers in America and the rest of the coalition nations who helped us and are still helping us in our struggle to build the new free and democratic Iraq."




Zeyad

Post: 12/30/2006 - permalink does not work

Execution was: conflicted

Quote: "I hope the execution of the tyrant brings relief to the families of his victims.

There are still many dark days ahead in Iraq."

My Comments:
Zeyad has official and unofficial video and a translation of his last words. I think he leans "good", but I'm calling it "conflicted" for now.



Iraq Pundit
Post: 12/29/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "Atwan is a Palestinian, and Saddam championed Palestinians even as he trod on Iraqis' necks. Indeed, the enthusiasm for Saddam of people like Atwan is one of the reasons that many Iraqis became ambivalent about the Palestinian cause; they felt that their own lives under Saddam had become hostage to that issue.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, some (though not all) people are volunteering to put the noose around Saddam's neck themselves."

My Comments:
IP's post is from the day before, and he is critiqueing an article by Abdel Bari Atwan in the Londaon-based Al Quds Al Arabi paper.


Hammorabi Sam
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "Most important is that the end of this tyrant dictator must be taken as a lesson by all those who are alike Saddam."




Ambassador Fayrouz

Post: 1/1/2007

Execution was: neutral

Quote: "
I didn't blog earlier because there's nothing to add other than he lived and died to divide Iraqis."



Baghdad Treasure

Post:
nothing yet




24 Steps to Liberty

Post:
1/1/2007

Execution was: good

Quote: "
Iraqis will always remember how, just a few seconds before he was hanged, he laughed when some men in the room chanted “Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada.” Even in his last moments, the tyrant pissed off the oppressed! What a life we lived under Hussein’s rule and what a life we are living now!"



Iraqi Mojo
Post: 12/29/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "As some Iraqis like to say, tah hadhek Abu Uday (your luck has fallen, Abu Uday)! "

My Comments:
Lots of good pics of happy Iraqis.



Konfused Kollege Kid
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: conflicted

Quote: "I don't know of a precise word for my feelings - Little if at all joy, unbelieving numbness and extreme disappointment. I've always wanted Saddam to be killed, but the guy had a way of making you feel sorry for him."

My Comments:
I would have guesed "good", but he says "mixed feelings" so his opinion wins.



Sooni
Post: 11/5/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "Finally, we folded the book of tyranny in Iraq. It was not surprising to hear the death penalty, Saddam killed more than anyone can imagine with his wars and the countless atrocities against his own people, but it was surprising to see a good bunch of whiners grieving upon the tyrant."

My Comments:
An old post about the verdict, but it's still on top.

** Update 12/31 **

Execution was: "
right thing done the wrong way"

Quote: "
It is ironic how good things turn to be bad in Iraq. Justice served and Saddam got what he deserved. Like many Iraqis remembering his days, I believe the execution is the least he deserves, but let us see how the right thing was done!"



Anarki-13
Post: nothing yet



Attawie
Post: nothing yet



Caesar of Pentra
Post: nothing yet



Morbid Smile
Post: nothing yet



Morbid Smile's Photos
Post: nothing yet



Akba, Iraq Rising
Post: nothing yet



Alaa, the Mesopotamian
Post: 12/29/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "Anyway, I am too excited to talk more, and it is very late and I, like almost all Iraqis at this hour, cannot sleep and are all awaiting the awesome announcement at this eve of the Eid Al-Adha."




Into the Sun
Post: nothing yet



Salam Pax
Post: nothing yet



Ali, Free Iraqi

Post: nothing yet



Kurdo
Post: nothing yet



Faiza
Post: 12/31/2006 in Arabic, Google Translation Here

Execution was: bad

Quote: (Google translation)
"
أرى دائرة من العنف والحقد والانتقام والظلم والغباء والكذب, علست صدام حسين , وهي نفسها سوف تأكل كل خصومه الحمقى, لانهم اشد ظلما وجهلا وحماقة .........I see a cycle of violence and revenge and hatred, injustice and stupidity, lying, Aalst Saddam Hussein, which itself will erode all the mindless hostility, to be the most unjust and ignorance and stupidity ...
صدام حسين أخطأ احيانا وأصاب أحيانا...Saddam Hussein sometimes missed and hit sometimes ...
صدام حسين له اعداء, وله محبون ..Saddam Hussein has enemies, and has loving.
لكن هؤلاء الاغبياء لم نر منهم سوى الشر والاعمال القبيحة........But these idiots, we have not seen them only evil and the ugly ... "




Khalid
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: bad

Quote: "You know that I always opposed Saddam and was always against him. Nevertheless, I was upset today.

Saddam was a criminal dictator, and he deserves to be hanged, but still, what happened isn't right."

My Comments:
Tough call. Maybe "conflicted", but he listed several points to make it "bad".



Raed
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: bad

Quote: "Iraqis don't miss Saddam, but they miss their national government that was inherited by the Baath regime and was destroyed under this occupation.

Saddam's life or death is irrelevant to the current Iraqi situation. Iraqis are fighting to hold their country together and get it back from the foreign occupiers. Saddam's recent trial and imminent execution are nothing more than evidence of how foreign interventions to change political regimes will destroy entire countries and split entire nations. The current situation in Iraq is a good indicator for how Iran and Syria, or other countries, would look if the U.S. administration went ahead and interfered and changed their political regimes."




Riverbend
Post: 12/29/2006


Execution was: bad

Quote: "Why make things worse by insisting on Saddam's execution now? Who gains if they hang Saddam? Iran, naturally, but who else? There is a real fear that this execution will be the final blow that will shatter Iraq. Some Sunni and Shia tribes have threatened to arm their members against the Americans if Saddam is executed. Iraqis in general are watching closely to see what happens next, and quietly preparing for the worst."




Asterism
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: he posted a roundup

My Comments:
asterism does a roundup of his own of Iraqi bloggers from the Iraqi Blogodrome Google group



Iraqi Roulette
Post: nothing yet



Hassan, Average Iraqi
Post: nothing yet



Sami
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: conflicted

Quote: "May all those who died or have suffered under the hands of Saddam and his stooges rest in peace. Your memories sadly will be only remembered by your families and those Iraqis in the same boat as you but thanks to politics the whole world will never really understand the tyrant Saddam Hussein really was.

Now its turn to hope that the same fate bestows Moqtada Al Sadr and Islamic extremism in Iraq is defeated the way Ba'athism has been"

My Comments:
This would clearly be "good" but he is disappointed in the politization of it by Dawa in his view.



Najma
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: bad

Quote: "Saddam's death won't lead to anything good, as did his arrest, and trial.. As I've said before, he was a dectator, but now, to me, he was not but a leader who made things work!

Never have we had better times after the war than the worst before.. truly."

My Comments:
She is most upset about the execution happening on the start of Eid.



Nabil
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: conflicted

Quote: "I think I'm happy to see this despot recieving a fear verdict and being executed for the crimes he had done to the iraqi people, and for his aggressive behaviour towards the poor people." … "Finally, I still don't know whether I'm happy or Sad..but to say the truth I'm Sad, because I think that Iraq will never ever have a president that knows how to deal with the bad groups of the iraqi people like Saddam."

My Comments:
More Eid reservations



Ibn Al Rafidain
Post: nothing yet



Husayn
Post: nothing yet



Beth Nahrain
Post: 11/15/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "SADDAM’S DAYS IN THIS WORLD ARE NUMBERED, AND THAT MY FRIENDS IS REASON ENOUGH TO CELEBRATE AND REJOICE"

My Comments:
She's posting about the verdict, but it is still on top.



Abu Khaleel
Post: nothing yet



Rose
Post: nothing yet



Dr."Truth Teller"
Post: nothing yet



HNK
Post: 1/1/2007

Execution was: bad

Quote: "
I was wrong when I said that Saddam don't mean to me anything.
Now I feel guilty because now I believe that he is a MAN ( a brave man) if you just saw the video that someone took in his execution, you will see no fear from death. You will see a look in his face, a look of someone who is ready to challenge, who believe that he was right . He was smiling. I don't think that I will smile if I was in his shoes.

Anyway, from now, I won't say anything bad about Saddam because I don't know whether he was right or wrong . But I know that the people who came after Saddam is Evil and worse than devil and Saddam was better than them......"




Baghdad Girl: Cat Blogger
Post: 12/30/2006

Execution was: bad

Quote: "Couldn’t they wait for a few days till the Eid ends, I know that Saddam has done some bad things and I even don’t like him that much but he was the president of Iraq for 35 years, the man who could make life in Iraq possible and he shouldn't be treated like this."

My Comments:
Eid…



Sunshine
Post: nothing yet



Sunshine's Mom: Mama
Post: nothing yet



Baghdad Artist
Post: nothing yet



The Talisman Gate
Post: 12/29/2006

Execution was: good

Quote: "To all those who worked for this day and didn’t get a chance to witness it,

To all those who hoped for this day and didn’t get a chance to share it,

To all the victims of this horrible tyrant and his terrible thugs—may they face judgment too,

To all the good people of the world who understand the evil that was the Saddam regime and wish the Iraqi people well today,

You are all in my thoughts as I await the news of Saddam’s hanging."

My Comments:
His post on 12/30/2006 touches on the uniqueness of Saddam's trial and execution. Excellent updates on 12/31/2006 to that.





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