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  •  The 20%... (3+ / 0-)
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    gogol, peraspera, truong son traveler

    ...who support Saddam are already fighting us as hard as they can.  I can't see that his execution, televised or not, will alter the level of violence from the insurgency in the Sunni community.

    However, if Bush's 2007 escalation is intended to pick a fight with Muqtada al-Sadr, well, then we will see a huge increase in violence against the US.  Sadr's militia will celebrate Saddam's death, but killing him won't earn Bush any points if he's stupid enough to attack the Mehdi Army.  They have not resorted to full-scale warfare against the US despite some fighting in Najaf in 2004 and in baghdad this year. A full-blown fight between the US and Sadr would be very bad indeed, far worse than any increase in violence from Saddam's death.

    •  I hope you are right. (1+ / 0-)
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      Boppy

      I pray you are right.  I have never wanted to be wrong more than I do at this very moment.

      "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine 2995+ dead Americans. Bring them home.

      by Miss Blue on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 01:22:24 PM PST

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    •  Depends on when he is executed. (3+ / 0-)
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      gogol, Cedwyn, Boppy

      According to the NYT

      An Iraqi official close to the negotiations on when to execute Mr. Hussein expressed deep disappointment that, after years of forensic investigation, detailed litigation, and careful deliberation, the process could be compromised in the final hours by politically driven haste.

      "According to the law, no execution can be carried out during the holidays" said one official involved in the negotiations. "After all the hard work we have done, why would we break the law and ruin what we have built."

      The Muslim holiday of Eid begins Saturday for Sunnis, which is Mr. Hussein’s sect, and Sunday for Shiites, who where oppressed under Mr. Hussein’s rule but now control the government.

      Iraqi law seems to indicate that executions are forbidden on the holiday.

      Mr. Haddad was dismissive of those concerns, injecting some of the sectarian split that is ripping this country apart into his response to a question on the subject.

      "Tomorrow is not Eid," he said. "The official Eid in Iraq is Sunday."

      Executing him during the Hajj might be a bad idea. But executing him during Eid (Festival of the Sacrifice) would probably really infuriate the Sunnis outside Iraq.

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