Gather up the kids, Ma, we’re goin’ to town. There’s gonna be a hangin’!
At least that’s what NBC News is reporting…
Saddam to be hanged by Sunday
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins this Sunday.
The hanging could take place as early as Friday, NBCâ€™s Richard Engel reported.
The U.S. military received a formal request from the Iraqi government to transfer Saddam to Iraqi authorities, NBC reported on Thursday, which is one of the final steps required before his execution. His sentence, handed down last month, ordered that he be hanged within 30 days.
Meanwhile, his lawyer is doing what he can to delay the proceedings, claiming that hanging Hussein “would lead to the escalation of the violence in Iraq and the eruption of a destructive civil war.”
Saddam Lawyer Seeks Mercy; 5 Troops Die
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Saddam Hussein’s lawyer made a last-ditch effort to impede his execution Thursday, beseeching world leaders to prevent the United States from handing over the ousted dictator to Iraqi authorities who plan to hang him.
The plea from Saddam’s attorney came as the U.S. military reported the deaths of five more troops and announced that Iraqi forces, backed by American forces, captured an al-Qaida in Iraq cell leader believed responsible for the June kidnapping of two soldiers who were found tortured and killed.
With at least 72 more Iraqis killed in sectarian violence, U.S. officials and Iraqis expressed concern about the potential for even worse bloodshed following Saddam’s execution. The lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, said transferring Saddam to Iraqi authorities could be the trigger.
“If the American administration insists in handing the president to the Iraqis, it would commit a great strategic mistake which would lead to the escalation of the violence in Iraq and the eruption of a destructive civil war,” al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
You would think the Iraqis would show a little consideration and schedule this party for a time when Bush & Co. could more openly celebrate. It would seem impolite of them to throw a kegger this weekend, what with the Ford funeral and all.