Tuesday, March 20, 2007

VP Taha Yassin Ramadan Hanged


Ramadan calling for a duel between Dubya and Saddam at high noon.

Despite his role in the 1980s as Saddam's enforcer, Ramadan's defense at his trial for the Dujail massacres was that his duties did not include "security issues". When he was sentenced at his trial he said:
"God knows I didn't do anything wrong,"
Anything, Taha?? Not anything??

From Reuters, a "factbox" of the life of the VP (excepting, of course, all those Iraqis who were murdered and tortured under his regime):
Taha Yassin Ramadan, Saddam Hussein's former vice-president, was hanged in Baghdad early on [March 20, 2007] for his role in the killing of 148 Shi'ite Muslim men...
[and boys, and imprisoning/torturing women for years]
...in the town of Dujail in the 1980s.

Here are some facts about him.
  • Born to a peasant family in the northern Mosul region in the late 1930s, Ramadan worked in a bank after completing his secondary education. His political career began in 1956 when he joined the Baath party, then banned by the British-backed monarchy.

  • Apart from Saddam's deputy Izzat Ibrahim, who remains at large, Ramadan was the sole survivor of the plotters of the 1968 coup which returned the Baath party to power. Ramadan joined Iraq's powerful Revolutionary Command Council after the coup.

  • In 1970, he headed a revolutionary court that executed 44 officers for plotting to overthrow the regime.

  • Iraqi exiles accused him of crimes against humanity for his role in crushing a Shi'ite uprising in southern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War and his alleged involvement in the killing of thousands of Kurds in the north in 1988.

  • Ramadan often went abroad as Saddam's envoy and held many senior posts as his "enforcer". He led the paramilitary Popular Army, whose task was to protect the government. The force was disbanded in 1991 when he became vice-president.

  • Ramadan proposed in 2002, before the start of the war with Iraq in 2003, that Saddam and U.S. President George W. Bush settle their differences...
[aka, Saddam's non-compliance with the 1991 ceasefire agreement and the history of his government harboring terrorists]
...in a duel with weapons of their choice.
[Bush chose the US Army. Saddam chose a spider-hole.]
  • Ramadan was captured in Mosul in August 2003 by Iraqi Kurdish fighters and handed over to U.S. forces. A special Iraqi tribunal convicted him of crimes against humanity. He was hanged early on Tuesday.
Update I

RhusLancia was featured at Treasure of Baghdad to comment on the fourth birthday of an Iraq without Saddam. RL seems to have been laying low about this. Good job! Check it out.

Incidentally, Jeffery and I have been banned over at ToB. Jeffrey, for telling ToB "F... Y...!" (it hurt his feelings) and me for expressing disappointment at ToB's new penchant for carrying the Sunni insurgents' water by reporting their phony propaganda without any attempt at discovering the truth.

Update II

It's the Kurdish New Year in Iraq in a couple hours. Give a Kurd a kiss!
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