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Iraqi bloggers react to execution
Iraqi bloggers - writing in English - have been reacting to the timing and manner of Saddam's death.

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Healing Iraq, is a 27 year old Iraqi dentist from Baghdad, who is now studying journalism in New York.

The moon
Image from Zeyad's latest blog

Thursday, 11 January 2007:

One of the most amusing rumours to result from the Saddam execution spectacle was the claims by some Iraqis that they saw Saddam's smiling face under a beret on the moon.

Someone even went to the trouble of posting an image to prove it.

There was a similar situation when former Iraqi President General Abdul Karim Qassim was executed shortly after Baathists took control of Baghdad in the 1963 coup.

There were many sightings of the leader's face on the moon at the time, especially among the impoverished slum-dwellers of Baghdad.

Neurotic Iraqi wife, is an Iraqi-British woman living and working in the Green Zone.

Web image for blogger, Iraqi Neurotic wife
Neurotic Iraqi wife's web image

Tuesday, 4 January 2007:

The media seems to be misinformed about a few points.

First off, it's not only the Sunnis that were appalled by the date and the way the execution was carried out.

Every Iraqi who is not a Moqtada follower or a supporter of the current government was outraged.

How do I know this you ask? Well, simple. I work with about 40 Iraqis, a mixture of Shias, Sunnis, Christians and Kurds.

Out of all those I spoke to, only two were exuberant about the whole thing.

Another misconception that the media seems to dwell on is the fact that it was only Shias and Kurds that were oppressed during Saddam's time and that Saddam's closest allies were Iraqi Sunnis.

Please get your facts right. Sunnis were also executed and tortured, maybe not in large numbers like the other groups, but they didn't get away from Saddam's wrath.

As for his aides, the ex-Iraqi Information Minister was a Shia, many of the nuclear scientists were Shia. The republican guards included Shias.

Basically, every Iraqi suffered, except those closest to him.

A star from Mosul is an 18 year old female university student living in northern Iraq.

Web image for blogger, A Star from Mosul
A Star from Mosul's web image

Saturday, 30 December 2006:

Why now? Why first day of Eid? Why so early? Why no notice?

We were so angry, not for the fact that he was executed, but for how and when he was executed.

When asked why the execution was done on the first day of Eid, a member of the court said that Eid starts on Sunday in Iraq.

This made me even angrier. Thanks to the new freedom, Eid starts on Saturday for Sunnis, and on Sunday for some of the Shias, Monday for the others.

Sunnis are Iraqis, and Eid DOES start on Saturday in Iraq.

Anyway, at about 12 o'clock, about 100 people were in our house, all to congratulate us on Eid. Much more than other years because grandpa (the eldest in our family) is in Mosul and is living in our house with grandma.

Some of the visitors didn't even know about the execution, and were shocked. You see, not everyone had electricity.

It makes me laugh when I write about our situation. Gosh, couldn't they respect us more? *Sigh*

Riverbend, is an Iraqi woman living in Baghdad. Her blogs have already been published in two books.

Sunday, 31 December 2006:

It's official. Maliki and his people are psychopaths.

This really is a new low. It's outrageous - an execution during Eid. Muslims all over the world (with the exception of Iran) are outraged.

Eid is a time of peace, of putting aside quarrels and anger- at least for the duration of Eid.

This does not bode well for the coming year. No one imagined the madmen would actually do it during a religious holiday.

It is religiously unacceptable and before, it was constitutionally illegal.

We've spent the first two days of a holy holiday watching bits and pieces of a sordid lynching.

America the savior... After nearly four years and Bush's biggest achievement in Iraq has been a lynching. Bravo Americans.

Zappy Corleone is the web name for a 34 year old Iraqi man living in Baghdad.

Zappy's web image
Zappy Corleone's web image

Saturday, 30 December 2006:

No reasonable Iraqi could argue that Mr Saddam was other than a complete self-centred butcher. He represented no-one other than himself.

He was executed on the dawn of Eid, that's 30 December 2006. All Muslims celebrated Eid with the EXCEPTION of the Iraqi government. They celebrated the NEXT DAY!

They clearly announced that the government of Iraq does not represent Iraqis, but only Shia Iraqis and I tell you Shia Iraqis are not represented by these butchers.

Why was that?

Simply because our democratic government was clarifying how biased they are, how sectarian they are, and finally how clearly they want to divide this country.

Marshmallow26 is an Iraqi woman living "in one of the Iraqi cities".

Web image for Marshmallow26
Web image for Marshmallow26

Tuesday, 2 January 2007:

Did our government wish a Happy Eid for Iraqis along with the New Year when the execution of Saddam took place? Or did they just take revenge and mock us by ornamenting these days with such horrific scenes?

Do they wish that the Sunnis will come together with Shias or do they wish that those two groups keep fighting each other forever, wishing victory for their own parties?

Sooni is an IT programmer blogging from Baghdad.

Sunday, 31 December 2006:

Just like always, to make one step forward we end with three steps backward!

Showing Saddam's execution as an act of Shia revenge will only deepen the gap we have now.

I know the Iraqi government is weak and has a lot of troubles but I didn't imagine that I would hear Moqtada's name in the execution room.

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