Saddam Hussein is Still Dead

In this afternoon’s news, Saddam Hussein is still dead.Three thousand American soldiers are still dead, with over 46,000 injured.

Over 600,000 Iraqis are still dead and there are over 3 million refugees.

In related news, Osama bin Laden, who George Bush promised to get “dead or alive,” is still alive.

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    DiAnne says:

    A friend sent this out – obviously took some time with it:

    Ah, it went off like a Texas execution, with all the PR timing we’ve come to admire and love from this administration. Just in time for coffee and Saturday morning cartoons on New Year’s weekend, and to drown out, one can only assume it is hoped, the 3,000th ending of human lives we care about. We don’t do body counts for unworthies.

    A new beginning. My eyes mist.

    1. An absolute miracle of propaganda; amazing what is left out: strong US support till 1991.

    The first paragraphs of the lead “news” story aren’t so great, either:

    “BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 — Saddam Hussein, the dictator who led Iraq through three decades of brutality, war and bombast before American forces chased him from his capital city and captured him in a filthy pit near his hometown, was hanged just before dawn today during the morning call to prayer.
    The final stages for Mr. Hussein, 69, came with terrible swiftness after he lost the appeal, five days ago, of his death sentence for the killings of 148 men and boys in the northern town of Dujail in 1982. He had received the sentence less than two months before from a special court set up to judge his reign as the almost unchallenged dictator of Iraq.”

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
    He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
    His truth is marching on.

    –Julia Ward Howe, 1861

    I don’t expect much from the Times, God knows, but this was a new low. Of course, they must cover their tracks, too, and there are tyrants to topple before we cease.

    The only moral issue, it seems, is how much of the hanging video to show.

    They’re selling postcards of the hanging
    They’re painting the passports brown
    The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
    The circus is in town
    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    And the riot squad they’re restless
    They need somewhere to go
    As Lady and I look out tonight
    From Desolation Row

    –Bob Dylan, 1965

    Now, for us adults out there, some actual facts and analysis, unaccountably left out of the mass media feeding frenzy (the other side of the “Diana effect,” another terrible swift sword — that cuts both ways):

    2. Robert Fisk.

    3. Robert Parry.

    And I believe this version of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is more apt; had we an actual paper of record, it would be extensively quoted; had we an actual education system, widely known:

    Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
    He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
    He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
    His lust is marching on.

    I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
    They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
    I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
    His night is marching on.

    I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
    “As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
    Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
    Lo, Greed is marching on!”

    We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;*
    Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
    O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
    Our god is marching on!

    In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
    With a longing in his bosom—and for others’ goods an itch.
    As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
    Our god is marching on.

    * NOTE: In Manila the Government has placed a certain industry under the protection of our flag. (M.T.)

    –Mark Twain, 1901

    1. An absolute miracle of propaganda

    2. The first paragraphs of the lead “news



    6. Robert Fisk
    7. Robert Parry

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    DiAnne says:

    A Clown Not Smiling on the Inside:

    You don’t know where to start mourning today, whether for noted wife beater James Brown, Nixon’s BFF Gerald Ford, or torture aficionado Saddam Hussein, not to mention residual tears for Augusto Pinochet and his magical people-disappearing act. So perhaps it’s best just to send in the clown (really):

    “Harpo T. Clown painted on a happy face, then stood sadly Friday in front of the church where Gerald Ford, the former president he called a friend, was being remembered by family and well-wishers.

    “The colorful character wore blue and white sequins, a neon green fuzzy wig and white floppy shoes and stood just beyond the police barricade near the church.

    “The clown, who is mute, nodded when asked if he was sad. He pulled out a scrapbook of photographs showing him standing alongside President Ford at various charitable events and golf tournaments in the area. He also attended the Grand Rapids, Mich., opening of Ford’s presidential museum in 1982.

    “Harpo, who lives in Palm Springs but won’t divulge his real name, nodded vigorously when asked if he was a Republican and when asked if he missed his friend, President Ford.

    “When Palm Desert police officers walked up to check him out, he maintained his silence and scribbled down notes which the officers read before walking away.

    “To get into the church to pay his respects, Harpo would have had to go to a public staging area five miles away for a bus escort. He chose to stay close to the barricades outside the church.”

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    DiAnne says:

    8 PM PST 30 Dec. 2006

    Washington Honors A President
    Ford’s Casket Arrives at US Capitol ABC News
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    Fans bid joyous farewell to Godfather of Soul
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    Saddam Hussein executed
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