October 15, 2014

These Aren't The 5,000 Chemical Warheads, Shells or Aviation Bombs We're Looking For

You can got about your business.

It's a stunning revelation: American soldiers in Iraq came across thousands of chemical weapons -- and a number of them suffered long-term injuries after being exposed to mustard and sarin gas.

And today, ISIS controls the territory where these chemical weapons were found.

These facts are laid bare by New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers in a long article, “The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons.” How ironic that the left-leaning Times is presenting facts that are at odds with a favorite narrative of the anti-war left -- namely, that the mendacious Bush administration had lied about the existence of WMDs in Iraq.

Chivers, of course, can't very well say that Bush was right all along:

Move along, move along.

By Howie at 07:36 AM | Comments |

April 02, 2012

Confirmed: Putin Behind Coming Zombie Apocalypse

Boys, avenge me! Avenge me!!

I am ready for the coming zombie apocalypse. Are you?:

Mind-bending ‘psychotronic’ guns that can effectively turn people into zombies have been given the go-ahead by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The futuristic weapons – which will attack the central nervous system of their victims – are being developed by the country’s scientists.

They could be used against Russia’s enemies and, perhaps, its own dissidents by the end of the decade.

Two of my favorite movies are Zombieland and Red Dawn. With news that the Russians will be behind the zombification of America, I can finally sell my treatment for Red Zombie Dawn -- the story of a group of high school students using guerrilla tactics to combat the invading zombie armies.

But wait, that zombie --- he's my father!!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:23 PM | Comments |

May 01, 2011

Iraqi Democracy Channel Fight Night

Via BigPeace


By Stable Hand at 04:16 PM | Comments |

April 28, 2011

Zombie Saddam Celebrates His 5th Birthday

AKA Dead Saddam's 74th.

More information here.

By Howie at 10:02 AM | Comments |

October 26, 2010

Imperial Good News: Tariq Aziz To Meet Allah Soon

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Iraq’s high tribunal has passed a death sentence on Tareq Aziz, once the international face of dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime, over the persecution of religious parties, the court said.

The death sentence was the first to be handed down to Aziz, who was well known in foreign capitals and at the UN before Saddam’s downfall. He rose to prominence at the time of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Gulf War, when he was foreign minister.

“The court today issued the death sentence on Tareq Aziz and four others for committing crimes against humanity. The charge of elimination of religious parties was classified as crimes against humanity,” Judge Mohammed Abdul-Sahib, a spokesman of the Iraqi High Tribunal, said.

“The nature of the crimes is willful killing, torture and the enforced disappearance of persons.”

Maybe Saddam rope trick will happen to Aziz too.

Newly Declassified Iraqi Testimony: Saddam Took Joy in 1998 Embassy Bombings

By Stable Hand at 08:42 AM | Comments |

October 11, 2010

Newly Declassified Iraqi Testimony: Saddam Took Joy in 1998 Embassy Bombings

No surprise here. Click image for article:

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Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein’s deputy prime minister, reminds us why Saddam had to be removed from power.

By Stable Hand at 11:29 AM | Comments |

March 08, 2010

Flashback: Gore vs Bush Sr.

How times have changed Gore: Damn Bush Sr. vs Damn Bush Jr

Al Gore blasts George H.W. Bush for ignoring Iraq's ties to terrorists and disregarding Iraq's attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. (1992)

Goracle went on to live a life of rainbows and lollipops funded by global warming investments.

h/t Jack

By Stable Hand at 12:38 PM | Comments |

December 09, 2009

New Evidence of Saddam Terror Ties?

Ryan Mauro lays out the case that the Saddam Hussein regime did, in fact, work with al Qaeda at times. I'm skeptical but am willing to be schooled in the subject.

Even if high level Baathists did at times talk to al Qaeda or took no action against them I'm not sure that that level of involvement is worse than, say, the Pakaistanis with any number of terrorist organizations. The Pakistanis have nuclear weapons and we are not likely to see them giving them to Lashkar-e-Toiba.

What can't be denied, though, is that the Baathist regime itself was one massive terrorist organization. Also, no one denies they supported other terrorist organizations.

As for the alleged cooperation between former Baathists and al Qaeda as evidence that the two could have cooperated prior to the invasion there is plenty of evidence that the Arab fascists did ally themselves with the Sunni Islamofascists for a time after the invasion. However, as the Awakening Movement showed, those alliances are usually fleeting. The movement itself tracing its roots to the assassination by al Qaeda of a tribal leader who was also involved with the 1920s Revolution Brigade.

But, go check out Ryan's analysis here and decide for yourself.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:18 AM | Comments |

November 30, 2009

Sandcrawler PSA: This Twitter Linkbait Spam is Annoying

Lately I've been getting a lot of sock puppet scam mail.

I ain't fallin' for it so stop.

I'm considering dropping twitter just for all the fake spam crap you get. Its useless mostly.

By Howie at 10:48 AM | Comments |

May 05, 2009

Confirmed: Saddam Hussein Was Jailhouse Bitch

No, not Satan's bitch -- just a whiny bitch.

Apparently no one is taking the allegations that he was tortured seriously. I wonder what it is about Arab culture that torture is always alleged? Is it part of a grand cultural myth in which all parties are expected to repeat the lies in order to sustain the myth? Or is the participant in the lie cognizant of what he is doing and repeats the lie in an effort to discredit the Great Satan?

Thanks to William.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:30 AM | Comments |

April 08, 2009

Awesome: Saddam Forced to Watch South Park the Movie


Yes, really. And it just gets better from there because the guards from the 4th Infantry Division who forced Saddam to watch the movie over and over again also got the now deceased dictator to sign an autograph to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Freaking. Awesome.

Matt Stone said:

"We're very proud of our signed Saddam picture and what it means. Its one of our biggest highlights.

"I have it on pretty good information from the marines on detail in Iraq that they showed Saddam the movie.

"Over and over again – which is a pretty funny thought.

"That's really adding insult to injury."

Expect the ACLU to start complaining this was torture in 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:07 PM | Comments |

December 18, 2008

On The Big Screen Where All Arabs Are Israeli

According to Newsweek Arab actors refuse to take some roles because they are "stereotyped as terrorists'.

Anyone watching HBO's ongoing miniseries "House of Saddam" surely must be struck by the lead actor's resemblance to the late Iraqi dictator. Me? I was struck by something else: his Israeli accent. "Why does Saddam Hussein sound like my old grocer in Jerusalem?" I called out before checking the movie credits online. (Yes, an Israeli, but no, not my grocer.)

The post-9/11 era might be Hollywood's Arab moment. But Israeli actors seem to be reaping the benefit, getting many of the best parts. Take Yigal Naor. Before portraying Saddam Hussein, the stout actor from Tel Aviv played Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi in "10 Days to War," an Arab interrogator in the Hollywood film "Rendition" and a Palestinian militant in Steven Spielberg's "Munich." One of his costars in "House of Saddam" is Israeli Uri Gavriel, who portrays the depraved Chemical Ali. Gavriel also played a Saudi terrorist in "The Kingdom."

Certainly, plenty of Arabs are getting Arab roles. The Egyptian actor Amr Waked is riveting as Saddam's brother-in-law in the HBO series, and he also had a good role in "Syriana." Often, however, Arab characters in Hollywood films are terrorists—and many Arab performers won't take those parts. According to Jack Shaheen, whose book "Reel Bad Arabs" chronicles the history of Arab stereotyping in U.S. cinema, nuanced roles for Arabs are rare. "I don't believe casting directors think of Arabs in any other way except as playing terrorists or villains," he says.

But Alon Aboutboul, an Israeli actor who plays Al-Saleem in the recent thriller "Body of Lies," says there's a universalism in the anger and alienation of the characters he portrays. "I don't think of playing a terrorist," he says. "I think of someone who's idealistic and believes passionately in what he's doing." Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdoshloo, who is a star in her native Iran, plays Saddam's wife in the HBO series and once played a terrorist on "24."[...]

Still, moviegoers across the Arab world must find it unsettling to see themselves so often depicted by their enemies. Arab conspiracy theorists, already convinced that Israel engineered the war on Iraq, must view "House of Saddam" as further evidence. As for my old grocer, he might be wasting his time. He could be a movie star.

It's the Jooooooos fault. Besides, what I see coming out of Hollywood is sympathy for the terrorists, not stereotyping.

Video clip House of Saddam

Article reminded me of this video:

"Reel Bad Arabs"

By Stable Hand at 11:59 AM | Comments |

March 08, 2008

AP's "Photographic Icons of the Iraq War"

An AP article appeared today on Syracuse.com titled "Photographic Icons of the Iraq War". Needless to say it made me irate and that is putting it mildly. No where was there mention of people like Michael Yon, Bill Roggio, who by the way will be on Jawa BTR this coming Tuesday, or Michael J Totten and others like them that show the real images of the war. Not the images or commentary the MSM shove in our faces everyday.

What is AP's idea of "Iconic Images" of the Iraq War?

So what will be the icons of Iraq?

Perhaps the tight portrait of a helmeted Marine, his face coated with grime and creased with fatigue, a cigarette dangling from his lips. James Blake Miller came to be known as the "Marlboro Man"; the public followed his story home, to hard times and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Perhaps the Abu Ghraib pictures — snapshots with a chilling immediacy. Or President Bush speaking on an aircraft carrier, a banner with the premature boast "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" stretched behind him. Or Saddam Hussein, bleary and bearded after his stay in a spider hole.

Or any of a number of visions of death or battle or grief.

And then there are the coffins. In the early days of the war, authorities forbade photographs of transports loaded with flag-draped coffins; a contractor was even fired for leaking one such picture.

But the conflict continued and photos of caskets have become commonplace, as the funerals go on and on.

Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Abu Ghraib - chilling immediacy.
Premature boast - "Mission Accomplished".
Saddam Hussein - bleary and bearded.
Visions of death or battle grief.
Pictures of coffins.
Photos of caskets become commonplace.
Funerals go on and on.

The AP can take these images and put them where the sun doesn't shine.

By Stable Hand at 02:30 PM | Comments |

February 29, 2008

Iraq: "Chemical Ali" To Be Executed

Saddam Hussein's cousinAli Hassan al-Majid nicknamed "Chemical Ali" [photo]for his role in ordering poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurds, is scheduled to be executed within a month, officials said Friday.

The three member council didn't approve of execution of two others, Hussein Rashid Mohammed and Sultan Hashim al-Taie. As an apparent appeasement to Sunni objections to executing al-Taie citing they were only following orders. All three men are in US custody at the present time.

The approval by Iraq's President Jalal Talabani and two vice presidents was the final step clearing the way for Ali Hassan al-Majid's execution by hanging. It could now be carried out at any time, a government adviser and a prosecutor said.

Al-Majid was one of three former Saddam officials sentenced to death in June after being convicted by an Iraqi court of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for their part in the Operation Anfal crackdown that killed nearly 200,000 Kurdish civilians and guerrillas.

I find this interesting as Turkey has been fighting Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq and has caused a "delicate" situation there. Rumors have it they are pulling out.

Saddam was hanged for killing 148 people in Dujail while his Kurdish genocide trial was still ongoing. I guess "Chemical Ali's" verdict could be viewed as "killing two birds with one stone".

Leftist outrage in 3...2...

More at Syracuse.com

By Stable Hand at 07:56 AM | Comments |

January 17, 2007

Another Saddam Hussein Dead Video (Ambulance)


***Jawa Report Exclusive***

More proof that Saddam Hussein, like Franco, is still dead. This video is of the (still) dead Saddam Hussein in an ambulance as it was being transported for burial. The grainy video shows people gawking at the dead dictator's body and discussing it. The video ends with Hussein's face being covered by the body bag, the doors closing, and the ambulance driving away. His soul, I am told, had already been sent to hell.

The video first appeared on a Sunni website which claims it was taken in Karbala as the body was being transferred to its final resting spot. The film is said by the website to be more evidence that the Shia led Iraqi government "did not take into account the preservation of the dignity of the Iraqi president or guard his body after his execution". The films, more of which may be forthcoming, "all indicate blundering government militias and their inability to curb their hatred, venom and bad deeds."

Q: This is now the third Saddam Hussein death video....is there a single Shia in Iraq who didn't take pictures?*

WARNING: Graphic content. The video shows the dead body of Saddam Hussein. Images grabbed from the video also posted.

Some fram grabs from the video.




*Second Saddam Hussein death video.

Hat tip: Rubin

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |

New Saddam Video (Zombie Hussein remix)

More footage has emerged of Saddam Hussein after his hanging.

Boo! Made you look.......

There actually is a new video of Saddam Hussein's body here.

By Howie at 01:37 PM | Comments |

January 08, 2007

New Saddam Execution Video

UPDATE 1/17/2007: A third video has emerged. First Saddam Hussein hanging video here. Second video, showing Saddam Hussein's corpse below (scroll down). The third video, showing Saddam Hussein's body in an ambulance is here.

A video showing Saddam Hussein shortly after he was executed has emerged on the internet. The video and images from it are shown below. The first uncut, uncensored, unedited video showing Saddam Hussein executed caused quite a stir. Another video of Saddam's funeral has also been making the rounds.

This video does not show the execution. Rather, it shows Saddam's body, proportedly right after he was hanged. The short video simply shows Saddam's corpse under a sheet, and the effects that hanging had on his neck.

The video seems to have first emerged at a Shia website in Arabic, after which it was uploaded to Google.

WARNING: Graphic video and images below.




Hat tip: Baf Baf

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:59 PM | Comments |

January 02, 2007

A Little Reminder

6_21_103003_fnl_iraqtorture2.jpgDue to the “outrage” over the video of Saddam being hanged, I thought a little reminder was in order. It was Saddam who pioneered the snuff video. Saddam liked to watch the executions he was unable to attend and kept a personal library of murders he had committed in his name.

One thing that struck me is how similar some of these images are to the snuff videos that the enemy produces. Saddam used terror to hold onto power. The terrorists use the same methods.

Our original post on this matter is here.

The original videos are available here.

Quote from Newsmax via Free Republic:

* Video tapes of two beheadings, with one featuring the executioners singing "Happy Birthday, Saddam" in Arabic as they carry out the grisly murder.

* More video of a detainee whose hand his tied to a board while his fingers are cut off one by one.

* People being thrown off four-story buildings, including one who was forced to wear a Superman costume.

* A man scourged ninety-nine times.

* Videos of babies being gassed to death.

Actually I feld bad for Saddam. His last statement from via his Lawyers was touching. However, it lacked one thing. Saddam could have asked for and end to the fighting that claims so many Iraq lives. But he did not, that shows more than anything how much he "cared" about the lives of his people. So my moment of sympathy for him was short lived.

More from Prarie Pundit.

The AP's own count taken from news reports put the total at 13,738. The story fails to mention that the enemy's deliberate targeting of non combatants is a war crime. It is an aspect of the story the media has avoided since the war began. Yet, the same media gets all excited when US forces accidentally kill civilians while searching for enemy troops who are camouflaged as civilians. It is an extraordinary double standard that they adhere to shamelessly.





Last warning. Images get more graphic as you scroll down.

Hmm looks just like the "resistance/terrorist/murderers vids doesn't it. Credit Saddam for the idea.

By Howie at 09:49 AM | Comments |

December 30, 2006

Saddam Execution Video

UPDATE 1/17/2007: A third video showing Saddam Hussein's corpse in an ambulance has emerged.

UPDATE 1/08: Second Saddam Hussein execution video emerges showing corpse.

Here's the original copy of the Saddam Hussein execution video, no water marks. We got it from a forum which distributes Islamic propaganda so we know it's the original. Give it a minute to load. It's a big file. Below it are some vidcaps. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, UNCUT, UNEDITED, WATER-MARK FREE VERSION OF THE SADDAM HUSSEIN EXECUTION VIDEO.


Although it's poor quality, it's quite obviously Saddam Hussein. The reason for the poor quality is that it was taken on a guard's camera.

And remember, it's not my fault if you hit the play button.

Here is another version of the video if the one above is not working. Thanks to Erin in the comments, the part of the Saddam video you're not seeing in the media.

Update: More Vid copies ---some higher quality-- and coverage in our first post here (scroll down).

By Vinnie at 05:14 PM | Comments |

Saddam Meet Satan, Satan, This Is Saddam(updated/images/video)

UPDATE: Scroll down for videos.

Fox News on the teevee is reporting that Al Arabiya is reporting that Saddam swings.


Image via Wild Thing.

Official confirmation awaits.

Via CNN:

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed, according to two Arabic language media outlets.

Hussein was hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, at about 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), the U.S.-backed Al-Hurra television reported.

Also here on FOXNEWS:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, was executed by hanging shortly before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, Arab media outlets reported.

The U.S. military and FOX News have not yet confirmed that the execution has taken place. Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya wire services and U.S.-backed TV station Al Hurrah reported his death.

The man dubbed the Butcher of Baghdad was convicted of crimes against humanity for the killing of 148 Shiite men and young boys after their failed assassination attempt in 1982 in the village of Dujail.

More on why he was executed here.

For reaction from Iraq see comments on Mohammed's post at Iraq The Model.

Also see See Dubya at Hot Air, In The Bullpen and Gateway Pundit has an excellent post rounding up Saddam's brutality.

Have a laugh at the Looney Tunes coverage of the event.

because we are going to hit the 3.000 mark tomorrow. and they want to preempt the news about that.

Yes, Kos Kidz, the execution of Saddam was nothing more than a ploy to cover up the news of the next Grim Milestone. Morons.

12/30 A.M. Update: Hot Air has added video of the preparations. Scroll down.

Updated: (Click pic for video...lower quality embed and more images below the fold)


Liveleak copy here.

Saddam Hussein Execution Video here. (warning graphic copy that shows him fall).

More copies added below the fold.




Another unedited copy Hat Tip: Archangel.

Original 3gp copy no watermarks



By Vinnie at 11:09 AM | Comments |

December 26, 2006

Saddam to Hang…

...in 30 days or less.

AP Via Yahoo: The sentence "must be implemented within 30 days," chief judge Aref Shahin said. "From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation."

On Nov. 5, an Iraqi court sentenced Saddam to the gallows for ordering the 1982 killings following an attempt on his life.

Under Iraqi law, the appeals court decision must be ratified by President Jalal Talabani and Iraq's two vice presidents. Talabani opposes the death penalty but has in the past deputized a vice president to sign an execution order on his behalf — a substitute that was legally accepted.

The Baath party, in Novemeber and most likely from Syria, issued a statement threatening retaliation of Saddam is executed.
Iraq Updates.com: "If president Saddam Hussein is executed ... the party will reinforce its siege against the Green Zone," which houses Iraqi government offices and the US embassy, said the party's command on its official site.
Hat Tip: Vinnie.

By Howie at 12:30 PM | Comments |

February 12, 2006

Saddam Starting Hunger Strike

(Baghdad) Apparently, Saddam Hussein believes that he's not getting enough sympathy and media exposure.

From Reuters.com:

Saddam Hussein and the seven co-defendants in his trial are to start a hunger strike on Monday, the former Iraqi president's defense team said on Sunday, citing sources inside the detention center where they are being held.

"Saddam and his followers will start a hunger strike from tomorrow, protesting the illegitimate procedures and bad treatment by the court," Khamis al-Aubeidi, a leading member of Saddam's defense team, told Reuters.

Frankly, the idea of strapping the murdering thug to a gurney and shoving a feeding tube through his nose and down his esophagus doesn't elicit my sympathy. In fact, I'd recommend that the authorities be innovative in force-feeding Saddam and try a new technique. A gnarly tube through the brokeback might work.

Nevertheless, the hunger strike is nicely timed to coincide with continuation of the trial which was interrupted two weeks ago when the defense team walked out of the courtroom and protested the new judge. Since then, Saddam has whined about being abused by prison guards. It appears that Saddam and his co-defendents are trying to do everything possible to disrupt the trial "to fuel concerns about the legitimacy of the tribunal and its eventual verdict."

From Interested-Participant.

By at 12:52 PM | Comments |

December 07, 2005

Don't Get Distracted

Saddam and his cronies, not to mention the laplickers of the media, are all doing their level best to distract the rest of us from the real meaning of this trial.

If you find yourself getting lost in Saddam's antics, or Ramsey Clark's bullshit, or the media fawning, come back to this post and click below the fold for a dose of reality.

(gratuitous graphic image warning)


More reminders of the chemical assault of Halabja available at the Religion Of Peace Picture Page.

By Vinnie at 10:27 PM | Comments |

December 05, 2005

On Saving Saddam

Looking at pictures from carnivale (a.k.a. The Saddam Show in Baghdad), I noticed a few things. First, the odd similarities between "President" Hussein and Don Flamenco from Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Compare Don with the picture in this post and judge for yourself:


See? Anyway, that was an unimportant point, as I have NES flashbacks constantly. Beyond that, I came to a startling conclusion. We MUST save Saddam Hussein. We cannot let him die. His DNA is too important to piss away, especially since his sons met a far nobler end (well, as noble as perishing in a shootout with a teenage boy in your company can be).

But why must Saddam live?

Look at this, this, and this. I see a man, albeit a tyrant, nearing 70 years old. No no, he isn't too old to be punished, that's not my point. But look closely.

He has some of the blackest, fullest hair I have ever seen on a man that age. His hair is so dark, light itself is having a difficult time escaping. Only him and Jerry Lewis have hair so dark so late in years. Saddam, in his very Jew-hating, Arab-nationalist, Kurd-killing genes, holds the key to eternal color and texture. This man is a treasure! Someone please save him!

Unless he dyes it. Then the scumbag bastard is on his own. Just make sure to hang him and Ramsey Clark next to each other (because come on, who does he think he's fooling?).

By at 05:31 PM | Comments |

March 02, 2005

Saddam Hussein Tribunal Judge, Lawyer Killed

A judge and lawyer responsible for the prosecution of the crimes committed by the Saddam Hussein regime have been assassinated in Iraq. Judge Barwez Mohammed Mahmoud al-Merwani--a leading Kurdish politician--and his son, lawyer Aryan Barwez al-Merwani, were murdered as they tried to get into a car outside their home. Earlier reports that the Chief Judge, a man who's identity was secret until anti-war activist and reporter Robert Fisk outed him last summer, had been killed proved false.

Over 100 judges are working on various cases against former Hussein regime members. At least five former Saddam Hussein regime members have already been charged with 'crimes against humanity'.

This is further evidence that a key component of the insurgency is in Saddam Hussein loyalists. As reported here earlier yesterday, the Baathist party has been revised and is now working with jihadis to overthrow democratic rule in Iraq.

New York Times:

The judge, Parwiz Muhammad Mahmoud al-Merani, 59, was killed a day after the Iraqi Special Tribunal announced the first charges in the approaching trials of former senior officials in Mr. Hussein's government. His son, Aryan Mahmoud al-Merani, 26, who also worked at the tribunal as a lawyer, was killed with him, according to officials at Iraq's Interior Ministry.

Three men drove up and fired automatic weapons at the two men around 9 a.m. as they stood outside their family home in Adhamiya, a largely Sunni Arab neighborhood that has been a center of insurgent activity. Witnesses saw the attackers speeding away in a green Opel sedan without license plates, the officials said.

The 400 or so tribunal members, including about 100 judges and lawyers, have been provided with security guards, and their names have largely been kept secret to forestall assassination attempts. On Monday, as the first charges were announced, a Western legal expert involved in the trial process said that those working on the tribunal were exposed to dangers and that there had been "some incidents," but he declined to provide details.

The WaPo:
We believe that the murder is politically motivated, because the two killed were working in the special tribunal and the son was a senior member in the PUK office in Baghdad. The late judge had no personal problems with anybody at all," the son said. "This is a terrorist act carried out by Baathists and terrorists."

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is one of two key northern Kurdish parties. U.S. authorities dissolved Saddam's former ruling Baath party after ousting him from power.

Various press reports, including the WaPo piece above speculate that the murder could have been criminally motivated, rather than motivated by Baathist/terrorist forces. Right.

CNN reveals that the Judge was also a leading member of the PKU, a leading Kurdish political party.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:04 AM | Comments |

March 01, 2005

Iraqi Judge in Baathist Trials Assassinated

UPDATE: Initial reports proved wrong. Scroll down for critical corrections and information. The Judge was named Parwiz Muhammad Mahmoud al-Merani and he was killed along with his son, a prosecutor in for the tribunals, Aryan Mahmoud al-Merani. It has also been revealed that he was a leading member of the PKU, one of the two major Kurdish parties that fought against the Hussein regime.

The major American media are reporting tonight that the Judge presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial in Iraq has been murdered. The judge is named as Barbweez Mahmood by NBC contradicting an earlier report by Fox News, WND and other media that had named the murdered judge as Raid Juhi al-Saadi . Fox News now confirms that the murdered judge was not Raid Juhi al-Saadi.

This is further evidence that a key component of the insurgency is in Saddam Hussein loyalists. As reported here earlier today, the Baathist party has been revised and is now working with jihadis to overthrow democratic rule in Iraq.

UPDATE: James Joyner points me to a Drudge story that corrects the earlier reports. The name of the judge is Barbweez Mahmood, but Mahmood is not the chief judge presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial. Instead, Mahmood is one of several judges charged with trying the former Baathis regim

At least five former Saddam Hussein regime members have already been charged with 'crimes against humanity'.

UPDATE II: Meanwhile Saddam's lawyers argue what the terrorists and the Western Left have been arguing all along:

Ziad al-Khasawneh, who heads Saddam's defense team, said the special court does not meet the requirements necessary to ensure a fair and safe trial, and said he believes there are no grounds to try Saddam in the first place.

"Whatever is built on illegality is illegal. Everything after the occupation — the temporary government, the elections — are illegitimate," he said at a news conference in Tokyo, where he is trying to raise support.

And so lawyers for the Baathist mass murderers continue to bolster support for the insurgency by lending legitimacy to the cause of terrorists.

Update III: Captain Ed notes this from Molten Thought that Raid Juhi al-Saadi was the judge outed by Robert Fisk. Had he actually been the victim would Fisk have been culpable in his murder?? Looks like Goldstein and I are on the same page...yet again.

Allah, (in Jeff's comments) notes that even though Fisk's target Juhi al-Saadi wasn't the victim tonight, that he has been targetted in the past: "Fiskie must be dying to carve that notch on his bedpost."

Hey, close only counts in horse-shoes, hand-grenades, and Leftist-media inspired murders.

UPDATE IV: New York Times has this correction and information:

The judge, Parwiz Muhammad Mahmoud al-Merani, 59, was killed a day after the Iraqi Special Tribunal announced the first charges in the approaching trials of former senior officials in Mr. Hussein's government. His son, Aryan Mahmoud al-Merani, 26, who also worked at the tribunal as a lawyer, was killed with him, according to officials at Iraq's Interior Ministry.

Three men drove up and fired automatic weapons at the two men around 9 a.m. as they stood outside their family home in Adhamiya, a largely Sunni Arab neighborhood that has been a center of insurgent activity. Witnesses saw the attackers speeding away in a green Opel sedan without license plates, the officials said.

The 400 or so tribunal members, including about 100 judges and lawyers, have been provided with security guards, and their names have largely been kept secret to forestall assassination attempts. On Monday, as the first charges were announced, a Western legal expert involved in the trial process said that those working on the tribunal were exposed to dangers and that there had been "some incidents," but he declined to provide details.


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:49 PM | Comments |