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I Saw Fear, He Was Afraid’

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I Saw Fear, He Was Afraid’

In a NEWSWEEK exclusive, the man hired to videotape Saddam Hussein’s execution recalls the brutal dictator’s humble final moments.


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By Michael Hastings


Updated: 2:14 a.m. ET Dec 30, 2006

Dec. 30, 2006 - Ali Al Massedy was 3 feet away from Saddam Hussein when he died. The 38 year old, normally Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's official videographer, was the man responsible for filming the late dictator's execution at dawn on Saturday. "I saw fear, he was afraid," Ali told NEWSWEEK minutes after returning from the execution. Wearing a rumpled green suit and holding a Sony HDTV video camera in his right hand, Ali recalled the dictator's last moments. "He was saying things about injustice, about resistance, about how these guys are terrorists," he says. On the way to the gallows, according to Ali, "Saddam said, ‘Iraq without me is nothing.’"


Ali says he followed Saddam up the gallows steps, escorted by two guards. He stood over the hole and filmed from close quarters as Saddam dropped through—from "me to you," he said, crouching down to show how he shot the scene. The distance, he said, was "about one meter," he said. "He died absolutely, he died instantly." Ali said Saddam's body twitched, "shaking, very shaking," but "no blood," he said, and "no spit." (Ali said he was not authorized to disclose the location, and did not give other details of the room.)


Ali said the videotape lasts about 15 minutes. When NEWSWEEK asked to see a copy, Ali said he had already handed the tape over to Maliki's chief of staff. "It is top secret,"




The Iraqi bodyguards, mostly Shiites they said, had passed the time smoking and praying—some prayed on cardboard mats on the street.


It was a cold morning in Baghdad, a few degrees above freezing, and in the post dawn light the guards' breaths could be seen in the air. When the thudding of helicopters began, the body guards rushed towards the entrance to the landing zone. They swarmed around Ali, snapping digital pictures on camera phones and cheering. "Saddam finished, Saddam finished,"






Now how many who were loyal to Saddam out of fear of his returning to power will take this news?



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Saddam in body bag;


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[size=4]المعارضة المسلحة قتلت صدام حسين

لا شك ان المعارضة المسلحة لها دور كبير اعدام صدام حسين، فامريكا كانت مترددة في امره، وكان صدام حسين ورقة رابحة بيدها، ولم تنتبه المعارضة المسلحة الى ان ورقة صدام هي بيد امريكا، ولو انها كانت قد ساومت مع الامريكان على حياة صدام حسين لكانت امريكا قد ابقته على قيد الحياة الا ان المعارضة المسلحة استمرت في عملياتها، مما دفع الامريكان الى فقدان الامل في الحصول على امتيازات ما مقابل هذه الورقة الثمينة، بل تحولت الى مدعاة للمشاكل، والاضطرابات، ، ومن ثم فان ورقة صدام لم تعد رابحة، وعندما تكون الورقة غير رابحة فلا يهم امريكا عند ذلك اعدامه ، بل ان اعدامه قد يريح، لان المعارضة المسلحة تكون قد فقدت رمزا مهما من رموزها،

ملخص الكلام ان المعارضة المسلحة كان بامكانها انقاذ صدام حسين من حبل المشنقة، ولكنها لم تفعل

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Saddam's death throes [Victor Davis Hanson]


One of the most depressing sights of the entire Saddam postmortem were the clips shown ad nauseam of all the dignitaries, diplomats, and obsequious reporters who in years past trekked to Baghdad to flatter or to pay homage to this creepy mass murderer. Watching a younger Kofi Annan, Lindberg like, pump Saddam's hand, smiling and offering blandishments was sickening. Surely the world can learn from this sordid spectacle, and not repeat the same mistake with Ahmadinejad and Assad. Their demise will come soon enough, and only the clips and outtakes of the appeasers will remain.

It is getting so that the cheap anti-American rhetoric from Europe and the Middle East about our purported complicity in killing a mass murderer should be worn as a badge of honor. We caught him, turned him over for a transparent trial, and ensured he would never murder again. So the question remains: where is the true morality-building this killer's bunkers, selling him weapons, taking his oil-or putting him in a noose?

Nothing was more evident of the moral impoverishment of the Palestinians than their collective lamentation over the fate of this mass killer of the Kurds and Arabs. We gave the Palestinian Authority hundreds of millions of dollars for housing, schools, and security and they hate us; Saddam gave them a few thousand dollars as bounty for suicide murderers and they loved him.

That says it all.

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