A New Video shows a Bruised Saddam
It seems this story will never end. A new cell phone video has surfaced showing Saddam post-hanging. Apparently, there’s a few gory things to behold, such as a gaping neck wound and multiple bruises on his face. CNN (as well as some other medical people) suggest that the neck wound could’ve occurred during the actual hanging. The facial bruising, however, is a bit more suspicious.
CNN reports that upon reviewing the original hanging video, no facial bruising or disfigurement is evident (a clear shot of Saddam’s face is shown while he’s still in the noose). Fast forward to this new video, and it’s evident that Saddam’s face met with some object at slightly more than casual speeds. CNN speculates that the trapdoor of the gallows may not have been wide enough, causing Saddam to smack his head on the way down. Other viewers of the new video are suggesting something a bit more sinister, and something I personally could see happening. Given the strong presence of Shiite guards and onlookers at this Sunni’s execution, I would not be surprised to learn that a degree of “postmortem trauma” took place.
It’s painfully obvious from the first video that the atmosphere in the execution chamber was slightly less than respectful as Saddam was placed into the noose and allowed a precious few last breaths. At this point, Saddam starts what I call the Islamic version of the Hail Mary prayer, which he’s allowed to get through completely. The second time, however, he’s abruptly cut off midway. Ironically (or not, depending on your view of things) his last word was “Muhammad”. Throughout this whole time, Shiite guards can be heard shouting at Saddam, taunting him about a Shiite cleric Saddam had jailed and executed. Starting from there and going to a postmortem beating is not that far of a stretch in my mind.
View it however you like, but I believe this execution was more vengeful in nature than anything else. Was justice served? Well, in a way, yes. I do believe Saddam “The Butcher of Baghdad” Hussein deserved to die for his crimes. However, the manner in which it was allowed to take place was totally disrespectful. In the end, I believe his death does more harm than good. Wider, now, is the divide between the Sunni and Shiite sects. It’s an age-old war that’s just gotten a brand-new martyr.