Saddam: Dead in Days (Update: Dead Today?)

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Dec 29, 2006 10:29 AM

Word is the U.S. may be handing him over to Iraqis today:

U.S. officials are planning to hand over Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities Friday, CBS News has learned.

Hussein remained in American custody Friday morning, pending his handover to Iraqi authorities for execution, his chief defense attorney and a top Iraqi official said.

The tyrant's last moments will be videotaped, but there's no word on whether the tape will be made public (snort, tee-hee-hee). Is there anyone who really thinks this thing can be kept off YouTube?

"We will video everything," al Rubaie said. "All documentation will be videoed. Taking him from his cell to the execution is going to be videoed, and the actual execution will be documented and videoed."

It's not clear whether the videotape will be broadcast on Iraqi television.

Allah and Rusty will be working on grabbing a copy.

Saddam's saying goodbye to his family.

AP:

On Thursday, two half brothers visited Saddam in his cell, a member of the former dictator's defense team, Badee Izzat Aref, told The Associated Press by telephone from the United Arab Emirates. He said the former dictator handed them his personal belongings.

Predictably, Bush beat out Saddam and bin Laden to top the list of the world's biggest villains. Perspective.

Asked to name the candidate that first came to mind for "biggest villain of the year", Bush won by a landslide, with 25per cent, followed by bin Laden, the al-Qa'ida leader, in second place with 8 per cent.

Rounding out the top five villains were Saddam, who is awaiting execution, with 6 per cent; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 5 per cent, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, 2 per cent -- from the three countries Bush once designated as the "Axis of Evil."

Bush and U.S. troops, however, also topped a list of heros for the year.

Update: Will he hang today?

Also, INDC Journal is in Kuwait, visiting the "Not to Forget Museum," for "archiving the history of the Invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm and the atrocities by and ultimate fate of Saddam Hussein and his regime." It's a timely reminder of the nature of Saddam and his cronies, even if he is slightly less villainous than Bush.

Read the whole thing. I particularly liked the interview with the tour guide, a young, U.S.-educated Kuwaiti.

Also this, about a very brave Kuwaiti woman:

Asrar al Gamandi is a national hero. She joined the resistance, she helped western citizens who were in Kuwait and were subject to be captured. As soon as Iraqis invaded Kuwait, they began to capture westerners to use as human shields, so she helped ... by giving them shelter in Kuwaiti houses and escape outside Kuwait. She also helped resistance fighters get medical treatment and helped VIPs to escape. She managed to get interviewed by Barbara Walters and told them about the situation in Kuwait. She was a computer specialist and (on) one operation she disguised herself as an Indian servicewoman and managed to ... smuggle valuable documents outside of Kuwait. She dropped Iraqi spying devices on a local telephone network ... and there (is) more. Later she got captured and was tortured, her family was tortured before her eyes. And then she got killed and her flesh was thrown in the street. Wounds were all over her body and her head was cut by (an) electric saw," my guide explained matter-of-factly.