After watching this video of Saddam’s execution, there is one thing that sticks out to me and doesn’t make sense. There are about five men with black face masks who are visible around Saddam, acting as guards. Why wasn’t Saddam executed by the Iraqi military?
This seems a little strange to me. It resembles a hit more than it does an execution. Maybe I feel that way because of this and what was said to Saddam right before they executed him.
The room was quiet as everyone began to pray, including Mr. Hussein. “Peace be upon Mohammed and his holy family.”
Two guards added, “Supporting his son Moktada, Moktada, Moktada.”
Mr. Hussein seemed a bit stunned, swinging his head in their direction.
They were talking about Moktada al-Sadr, the firebrand cleric whose militia is now committing some of the worst violence in the sectarian fighting; he is the son of a revered Shiite cleric, Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, whom many believe Mr. Hussein ordered murdered.
“Moktada?” he spat out, mixing sarcasm and disbelief.
I don’t trust any of them!