Death of a Poet

And a writer of romance novels. Yes, the rumors have it that this famous author, Saddam Hussein, is going to be executed this weekend. Yeah, I figure they are just rumors, but the world will likely lose the services of poet and romance novelist Saddam later in the New Year, that’™s for sure. [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

And a writer of romance novels. Yes, the rumors have it that this famous author, Saddam Hussein, is going to be executed this weekend. Yeah, I figure they are just rumors, but the world will likely lose the services of poet and romance novelist Saddam later in the New Year, that’™s for sure.

As speculation rose that the execution is near, the condemned former president met at Camp Cropper with his half brothers Sabawi and Watban Ibrahim Hassan, both of whom are also in U.S. custody, said one of his attorneys, Bushra Khalil.

‘œHe met with them and he gave them some things. I’™m not sure what,’ said Khalil, speaking by phone from Amman, Jordan, where she plans to meet today with Hussein’™s eldest daughter, Raghad.

Hussein’™s lawyers said they had not been notified of the execution date.

Hussein, 69, seemed in high spirits Thursday as he shared untitled poems he wrote recently and well wishes for the Iraqi people with his visitors over lunch, said attorney Wadood Fawzi, one of those who met with Hussein.

The Nobel Committee is watching closely.

Richard’™s Update, 12:28PM: Just in from the AP, Saddam will ‘œbe executed by Saturday’. Apparently, the Bush regime has transferred custody of Saddam to the Iraq government, and his execution could be imminent.

I want to stress again: no one believes that Saddam is a good guy. But he was George H.W. Bush’™s man in the middle east for a long time – and there is a long list of U.S. government entanglements with Saddam. While no one will mourn his death, you have to wonder, what’™s the ‘œrush to execution’ all about? He was in U.S. custody. There was no apparent reason to rush to hand him over for hanging to the Bush regime’™s puppets in Iraq.

I think I understand the gambit – the Bush regime is hopeful that Saddam’™s execution will either (ultimately) quell the violence, or give them a reason to escalate the conflict. It’™s hard to say, but perhaps they want to see how it works out before the new congress is sworn in.

Still, there are serious questions about both Saddam’™s trial, the involvement of the U.S. government, and Bush’™s reason for going after him in the first place. The bottom line is that dead men tell no tales.

Friday, December 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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