bloods do justice to head cripOthers may choose differently, but my favorite detail from the hanging of Saddam Hussein would have to be the guards who chanted Moqtada al-Sadr's name as they prepared to do the deed. Four years in a nutshell.
The video of the execution is well worth watching, however much it smells like a snuff film. Note the setting, the behavior of the crowd. It's like a cockfight in the basement of a tenement house, strictly a Fight Club affair. And, yes, there are in fact repeated shouts of Moqtada al-Sadr's name.
It sure looks to me like the United States military just handed over a former head of state to be snuffed by a street gang. This was not noticably an affair of the Iraqi state, to the extent that such a thing can be said to exist in reality and in isolation from the Shiite militias.
The really interesting question, though, is this: What do you think Jawad Maliki and Jalal Talabani see when they watch this nasty, shabby little event?