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January 15, 2007

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti Execution

Good Grief, does nothing work in that country? The execution of Saddam Hussein's half-brother took place this morning:

Iraqi Shi'ites, oppressed by Saddam Hussein, welcomed the hanging of two of his aides on Monday though some also joined Sunni Arabs in expressing shock that his half-brother's head was ripped off by the noose.

Saddam's two co-defendants were hanged before dawn on Monday, the Iraqi government said, but they admitted that the head of his half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti was also torn from his body by the force of the rope during the execution.

Decapitation by hanging? Doesn't anyone have Google? It's not exactly mysterious how to calculate the correct long drop. We've only known how to do it for a century or so.

Sheesh. Here's hoping that's one execution where we don't get to see the camera phone in action.

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Why not? If you belive in justice being seen to be done, as well as done, and you also beleive in Capital punishment, then why should you wish to hide the states actions away?

Posted by: AntiCitizenOne | Jan 15, 2007 11:50:54 AM

http://www.anenglishmanscastle.com/archives/003542.html has the US manual on how to do it - I have noticed a few Google searches on it recently, but none from Iraq....

Posted by: The Englishman | Jan 15, 2007 11:52:25 AM

Did he run around the farmyard afterwards?

Posted by: Mark Holland | Jan 15, 2007 1:27:14 PM

Speaking of gross incompetence by government agencies:

"An organisation that monitors security developments has criticised MI5's new email alert service. The terror alert email service being offered by the British secret service is not secure, according to a Spy Blog, a libertarian organisation that monitors security and surveillance developments.

"MI5 launched an email alert service on Tuesday which informs subscribers of any changes to the national security threat levels. However, a Spy Blog investigation claims to have found that subscriber details will be sent out of the country, unencrypted, to a server based in the US."

Posted by: Bob B | Jan 15, 2007 5:10:50 PM

Ick. Better for him the too long drop than the too short one, I suppose. Death by slow suffocation is probably more painful. This hopefully was just much worse on the watchers.

Posted by: John Thacker | Jan 15, 2007 6:22:48 PM

We've only known how to do it for a century or so.

Note that the 1892 figures sometimes erred on the side of asphyxiation, and asphyxiation was considered not uncommon into 1905. If you're going to error, erring on the side of decapitation is probably more painless.

Apparently, according to that article, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries still use the short drop method of slowly strangling people to death, which Iraq also used under Hussein. Iraq has only moved to the more human longer drop recently, since the new government and the Americans.

You can decide for yourself if that's an improvement in human rights.

Posted by: John Thacker | Jan 16, 2007 12:46:25 AM

Whatever the reason for all this, it is still an unseemly spectacle. Heads must roll.

Posted by: David Gillies | Jan 16, 2007 3:37:02 PM

We live in one Sick F#&*^ World... (or is it, We have made this one sick F#&*^ World)

Posted by: OneSIckWorld | Jan 16, 2007 8:55:56 PM