Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Did Moqtada al Sadr Execute Saddam Hussein?

It doesn't get richer than this:

According to the Saudi daily Al Riyad, citing a witness to the execution of Hussein, one of the masked men was indeed Moqtada Al Sadr. Knowing that Saddam Hussein had Moqtada's father killed, this would not be surprising. In fact the son would want to take part in taking revenge. But if this turns out to be true, this would be another major faux pas for Iraqi authorities.
IraqSlogger covers it:
Meanwhile the Sunni pro-Baathist website Iraqi Rabita has claimed that one of the masked men who put the noose around Saddam’s neck was in fact Muqtada al Sadr.
IraqSlogger then refers to a pro-Baathist website that does a rudimentary photo comparison and analysis. One picture is posted here:

(Click here to see more photos if you are happy to provide Baathists with advertising revenue.)

The photo was just shown on Fox News' Fox & Friends Live TV show.

It sounds a bit far-fetched but to be fair, it does resemble the typical Middle East soap opera:
  • Dictator kills cleric.
  • Superpower invades dictator's country and sets up new government.
  • Superpower captures dictator.
  • Cleric's son rises to head thug of militia, supported by neighbouring country who are arch enemies of dictator.
  • New government convicts dictator and sentences him to death.
  • New government cozies up to thuggish cleric son.
  • Thug demands dictators execution and government complies.
  • Superpower reluctantly hands over dictator to new government who hands him over to militia.
  • Thug takes part in dictator's execution as revenge.
  • Militia shout thug's name during the proceedings.
  • Execution captured on video.
  • Dictator loses.
  • Superpower embarrassed.
  • Thugs, militia, government, neighbouring country and YouTube live happily ever after.

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