Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Iraqi who filmed Saddam execution on cell phone arrested

In what can only be described as a "you have got to be kidding me moment", comes today's news that:

BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 -- A security guard who used a cell phone camera to videotape the chaotic scene of Saddam Hussein's execution was arrested Wednesday, according to an adviser of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The prime minister's political adviser, Sadiq al-Rikabi, did not identify the guard or say where he was being held. Iraqi authorities are questioning the man to see whether he acted independently or was working with others to intentionally undermine the government's desire to publicly reveal just a brief portion of the execution proceedings, said Rikabi.


First, it's really hard for anyone present to say that they didn't see the guy holding up his cell phone recording it. Secondly given the first public impression the Iraqi government was trying to give that "Saddam was a broken man" which proved not even to be remotely accurate what this demonstrates is Iraq is very far from ever being a democracy. They mishandled the execution of Saddam, the government allowed the taunting and the other inappropriate behavior, add to that the current way Sunni's are being treated and the closing down of Iraqi media that doesn't tow the government line? Not even mentioning that executing Saddam on what is a holy day to those following the Sunni religion shows that Iraq follows the Shia religion and you have a theocracy...A Shia theocracy...Which may make Iran happy but considering the amount of money and the lives both American and Iraqi that have paid for this supposed "democracy", it's very hard to see how the US is going to be able to stop the creation of the next Iran...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That has been a question for literally years now... why would US want an Iran backed Shia majority? And how could that be avoided in a democratic situation? Simple statistics and observation would have told.

Next question, how long will the Kurds continue to put up with it all?

Lisa Renee said...

That is the next question Aaron, I'd predict they will not stand for it for very much longer.

Hooda Thunkit said...

And then the whole country battles each other from within.

Sectarian war..., but out in the open this time...