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Saddam execution rushed to stop him 'having last word': Primakov
thenews.com.pk ^ | January 15, 2007

Posted on 01/14/2007 5:40:06 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

MOSCOW: The execution of Saddam Hussein was rushed to prevent the former Iraqi leader from revealing facts that could compromise the United States, former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov said Sunday.

Saddam was executed in an "unexpected" way so "he could not have the last word" and reveal compromising information on the relationship between the United States and his former regime, the veteran diplomat said on a television channel.

If Saddam Hussein "had said everything (he knew), the current US president (George W Bush) would have been greatly embarrassed," said Primakov, a Middle East expert formerly on good terms with Saddam.

Primakov highlighted the military cooperation between Washington and Baghdad during the 1980s when the United States was fighting the fundamentalist threat from Iran.

He also alleged that Saddam made a deal with Washington before the 2003 invasion of Iraq to allow the United States to occupy the country without meeting any opposition.

Primakov made two confidential visits to Iraq at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly before the US-led invasion of the country.

Saddam was executed for crimes against humanity on December 30, which coincided with the first day of the Eid al-Adha feast and drew widespread Muslim condemnation.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq

1 posted on 01/14/2007 5:40:09 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
He also alleged that Saddam made a deal with Washington before the 2003 invasion of Iraq to allow the United States to occupy the country without meeting any opposition.

Horseshit.

2 posted on 01/14/2007 5:42:36 PM PST by Sunshine55 (What's the difference between Hillary and God? God doesn't think he's Hillary.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A few months more and he'd be 70, inelligble for execution in Iraq.


3 posted on 01/14/2007 5:43:16 PM PST by weegee (A higher minimum wage means a higher income tax level. Did they really get a raise in the end?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Primakov is extremely upset that he was not given a third opportunity to make a deal to allow Saddam to escape his fate.


4 posted on 01/14/2007 5:43:34 PM PST by sono (For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride. - Mark Steyn)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Gee, a friend of Saddam throws the DUmmies a bone. What a shocker. It is hard to distinguish Democrats from Terrorists these days.


5 posted on 01/14/2007 5:43:50 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I suspect the Russians are quite happy to know that Saddam isn't talking any more. They're probably a bit concerned about what he did say.


6 posted on 01/14/2007 5:45:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Being lectured about executions by the Russians always gives me a chuckle....kinda like being lectured on integrity by the Clintons.


7 posted on 01/14/2007 5:46:51 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"allow the United States to occupy the country without meeting any opposition"

Words to the wise. Tuck them away for a rainy day, Rushkies.


8 posted on 01/14/2007 5:47:04 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Sunshine55

Okay, it is not a good sign that the Russian Foreign Minister is obviously insane, or criminally deluded.


9 posted on 01/14/2007 5:47:40 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"The execution of Saddam Hussein was rushed to prevent the former Iraqi leader from revealing facts that could compromise the United States, former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov said Sunday."

I know what Saddam would have said.

SADDAM: Yevgeny Primakov is a CIA operative. We discovered this while questioning his Gay lover, Muqtada al-Sadr.

10 posted on 01/14/2007 5:48:39 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Tailgunner Joe
If six years of these Democrats (8 if you count the campaign cycle prior to that) didn't embarass Mr. Bush, nothing Saddam could've said could've done that.

Granted, I understand the final words he uttered were "Bush has small peck--ugh!", but that can't be verified.

11 posted on 01/14/2007 5:49:34 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
These flakes keep talking of Saddam Hussein as if they can resurrect him if they can just find a juicy enough scandal surrounding his execution or a some justification as to why he shouldn't have taken place to begin with.

It must be hard to live that way. To reject reality and try to replace truth with a clever argument. Listen loons, he's dead. DEAD, DEAD, DEAD. You couldn't stop it and you can't reverse it. You're nothing more than a bunch of megalomaniacs.
12 posted on 01/14/2007 5:52:22 PM PST by Jaysun (I've never paid for sex in my life. And that's really pissed off a lot of prostitutes.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Yeah, if only Saddam could have survived Bush's tenure and into a Democrat administration, he could have been personally invited to the White House, had a Rose Garden conference with the (other) President Hussein..and then spilled the beans on Bush.

Well.. I guess it ain't happenin'.

13 posted on 01/14/2007 5:55:09 PM PST by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Cold War paranoia dies a hard death.


14 posted on 01/14/2007 6:00:56 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
drew widespread Muslim condemnation.

Oh waaaaa.

15 posted on 01/14/2007 6:02:07 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Total bull hockey.


16 posted on 01/14/2007 6:03:39 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The execution of Saddam Hussein was rushed to prevent the former Iraqi leader from revealing facts that could compromise the United States, former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov said Sunday.

Ridiculous.

Saddam was captured December 2003 and kept around for 3 years before being executed, after a long trial.

Saddam had anti American scum like Ramsey Clark and other lawyers that Saddam could have gotten information to that would be embarrassing to us. That apparently didn't happen. - Tom

17 posted on 01/14/2007 6:16:38 PM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: cripplecreek

I swear, sometimes it seems Russians are more conspiracy-happy than the Arabs.
If Saddam had anything "embarassing" on Dubya, there was plenty of time before execution for him to spill the beans.


18 posted on 01/14/2007 6:16:59 PM PST by elcid1970 (`)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Hey former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov that is not what I heard.

According to the NY Times the Shia were the ones eager to hang Saddam.

U.S. questioned Iraq on rush to hang Saddam

Part of it was that the Americans, who turned him into a pariah and drove him from power, proved to be his unlikely benefactors in the face of Iraq's new Shiite rulers, who seemed bent on turning the execution and its aftermath into a new nightmare for the Sunni minority privileged under Saddam.

The American role extended beyond providing the helicopter that carried Saddam home. Iraqi and American officials who have discussed the intrigue and confusion that preceded the decision late on Friday to rush Saddam to the gallows have said that it was the Americans who questioned the political wisdom — and justice — of expediting the execution, in ways that required Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al- Maliki to override constitutional and religious precepts that might have ensured Saddam the prospect of a more dignified passage to his end.

American officials in Iraq have been reluctant to say much publicly about the pell-mell nature of the hanging, apparently fearful of provoking recriminations in Washington, where the Bush administration adopted a hands-off posture, saying that the timing of the execution was for Iraq to decide.

Apart from an instinct to treat Saddam better than he treated his victims, the concern of the Americans in Baghdad has been for the outrage that the execution scenes seemed likely to cause among Saddam's fellow Sunnis.

But a narrative assembled from accounts by various American officials, and by Iraqis who were present at some of the crucial meetings between the two sides, shows that it was the Americans who counseled caution in the way the Iraqis carried out the hanging. The issues uppermost in the Americans' minds, these officials said, were a provision in Iraq's new Constitution that required the three-man presidency council to approve hangings, and a stipulation in a longstanding Iraqi law that no executions can be carried out during the holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, which began for Iraqi Sunnis on Saturday, and for Shiites on Sunday.

A senior Iraqi official said that the Americans staked out their ground at a meeting on Thursday, 48 hours after an appeals court had upheld the death sentences passed on Saddam and two associates. The three were convicted in November of crimes against humanity for the persecution of the Shiites of Dujail, north of Baghdad, where a fury of retaliation had been unleashed after an attack in 1982 on Saddam's motorcade, which he termed an assassination attempt. Saddam, as president, signed a decree to hang 148 men and teenage boys.

Told that Maliki wanted to carry out the death sentence on Saddam almost immediately, and not wait further into the 30-day deadline set by the appeals court, American officers said at the meeting Thursday that they would accept any decision but needed assurance that due process had been followed before relinquishing custody of Saddam.

The American pressure sent Maliki and his aides into a frantic quest for legal work-arounds, the Iraqi official said. The Americans told them that they needed a decree from President Jalal Talabani, signed jointly by his two vice presidents, upholding the death sentence, and a letter from the chief judge of the Iraqi High Tribunal, the court that tried Saddam, certifying the verdict. But Talabani, a Kurd, had long made it known that he objected to the death penalty on principle.

The Maliki government spent much of Friday working on legal mechanisms to meet the American demands. From Talabani, it obtained a letter saying that while he would not sign a decree approving the hanging, he had no objections. The Iraqi official said that Talabani first asked the tribunal's judges for an opinion on whether the constitutional requirement for presidential approval applied to a death sentence handed down by the tribunal, a special court operating outside the main Iraqi judicial system. The judges said the requirement was void.

Maliki had one major obstacle: the Saddam-era law proscribing executions during the Eid holiday. This remained until late Friday, the Iraqi official said. He said that he attended a late-night dinner at the prime minister's office at which American officers and Maliki's officials debated the issue, which the Americans had first raised at the meeting Thursday.

One participant described the meeting this way: "The Iraqis seemed quite frustrated, saying, 'Who is going to execute him, anyway, you or us?' The Americans replied by saying that obviously, it was the Iraqis who would carry out the hanging. So the Iraqis said, 'This is our problem. and we will handle the consequences. If there is any damage done, it is we who will be damaged, not you.'"

To this, the Iraqis added what has often been their trump card in tricky political situations: They telephoned officials of the marja'ia, the supreme religious body in Iraqi Shiism, composed of ayatollahs in the holy city of Najaf. The officials came back saying they had the ayatollahs' approval.

Maliki, at a few minutes before midnight on Friday, then signed a letter to the justice minister, who is responsible for prisons and executions. The letter told him to "to carry out the hanging until death" of Saddam and the two codefendants sentenced to death in the Dujail trial.

Not one of the Iraqi officials who discussed the sequence of events was able to explain why Maliki had been unwilling to allow the execution to wait until it could be better organized. Nor would any explain why those who conducted it had allowed it to deteriorate into a sectarian free-for-all that had the effect, on the video recordings, of making Saddam, a mass murderer, appear a pillar of dignity and restraint, and his executioners, representing Shiites who were his principal victims, seem like bullying street thugs.

Saddam thanked his American guards

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein thanked his American guards when they handed him over to Iraqi authorities minutes before his execution, a top U.S. official said Wednesday.

His demeanor changed when he was in Iraqi hands, said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the spokesman for American forces in Iraq, at a Wednesday press conference.

"I have been able to get in contact with a group of Americans that were present at that point. They said at that point, he was dignified as always. He was courteous, as he always had been, to his U.S. military police guards. His characterization did change at the prison facility when the Iraqi guards were assuming control of him, but he was still dignified towards us," Caldwell said. "He thanked the military police squad, the lieutenant, the squad leader, the medical doctor we had present, and the colonel that was on site."

He said the U.S. team that handed over Saddam on Saturday knew it was for his immediate execution. So did the deposed dictator, who for 30 years persecuted his political opponents, especially Shiites and Kurds.

"Saddam recognized that they were at that point, too, I think," Caldwell said.

Caldwell insisted U.S. forces had nothing to do with his treatment or the manner of execution thereafter -- a recording of the event showed the circus-like atmosphere. He said had the coalition been in charge of his death, it would have been different. He refused to say how.

"Up to the time we turned him over to the prison warden, and when he signed for the physical control of Saddam, everything had still been done in a proper manner. Everybody had been treated respectfully. And then we left that building and moved away from that location, because we had no part at that point anymore in the process." Caldwell said.

"At that point it's a sovereign nation. It's their system. They make those decisions .... You know, if you're asking me, would we have done things differently, yes, we would have. But that's not our decision. That's a government of Iraq decision."

Saddam Hussein was convicted Nov. 5, 2006, and sentenced to death for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail.

19 posted on 01/14/2007 6:19:49 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: elcid1970

It's not really a matter of them being conspiracy happy. They've got a long history of playing games with us through the moonbat left.


20 posted on 01/14/2007 6:26:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

My two cents: Mookie Sadr told Maliki to jump and Maliki said yessah boss, how high!


21 posted on 01/14/2007 6:26:52 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

All this whining about Saddam makes me sick. What kind of people are we to continue beating ourselves up like this?


22 posted on 01/14/2007 6:27:14 PM PST by Mr. Peabody
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Geeze Yevgeny, Saddam had all the time in the world and media at his disposal during his court appearances. One would think that he would have had no problems spilling the beans then if there had been beans to spill.


23 posted on 01/14/2007 6:31:20 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Primakov is pure scum - he aided and abetted the problems in Iraq directly, and now he is making up stories to try to put the USA in a bad light when it is Russia that deserves a huge share of the blame for every kind of problem in Iraq. I'm sure that Putin and Primakov are breathing big sighs of relief that Saddam is not around anymore to spill the beans on what the Russians were up to in Iraq....


24 posted on 01/14/2007 6:31:28 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: TexKat

Yesssireee.

After a couple of years in the slammer; by GOD he was ready to spill the beans when suddenly the Buscho team wisked him out and had him hanged.

What crock.


25 posted on 01/14/2007 6:32:18 PM PST by WBL 1952
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To: Mr. Peabody
What kind of people are we to continue beating ourselves up like this?

I'm waiting for your answer Mr. Peabody!

26 posted on 01/14/2007 6:32:31 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is the Russian prime minister getting his info from D.U.?


27 posted on 01/14/2007 6:39:15 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Mr. Peabody
What kind of people are we to continue beating ourselves up like this?

A godly people who continually wonder what God might think of our actions. I don't think we are beating ourselves up as much as we are questioning whether we are doing the best we can in the eyes of the Father.
28 posted on 01/14/2007 6:39:48 PM PST by HaveHadEnough
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More likely embarrassing things about the Russians......


But then he had 3 years to blab whatever and didnt.
29 posted on 01/14/2007 6:54:50 PM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: Tailgunner Joe

He had over a year to slander America if he had wanted to -- and he had just the guy to help him in Ramsey Clark.


30 posted on 01/14/2007 7:06:16 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Iraqi air force had Migs and mirages, they used french and Russian missles. SCUDS were a rework of a Russian missle. The Iraqi nuclear power plant that was destroyed in 1980 was built by the French, using French and Russian nuclear technicians. How can people continue to say we armed Saddam? We did want them to smack down the Iranians, but we did not arm them.


31 posted on 01/14/2007 7:13:53 PM PST by sharkhawk (Play me a dirge matey)
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To: fat city

Or is it the continuation of cold war disinformatskaya?


32 posted on 01/14/2007 7:20:03 PM PST by sgtyork (Prove to us that you can enforce the borders first)
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To: BenLurkin

Exactly. When this scum was first captured, the left said it was just a matter of time before Saddam would sing like a canary about his 'shady dealings with BushCo.' and blah blah blah.

He could have turned his trial into a America-bashing, Bush-exposing show trial. Ramsey Clark was gonna see to it himself. He could've exposed Haliburton! Cheney! What a missed opportunity!

He clammed up....Not even with a noose tied around his neck, mind you, moments from falling through the floor under his feet.

The left is crushed about this. They were clearly taken by taken by surprise, proving that they underestimated this President once again. In their minds, it only goes to prove just how nefariously sinister and powerful the Bush Administration truly is.

This demands a congressional investigation. Somebody call Conyers immediately.


33 posted on 01/14/2007 7:23:56 PM PST by eric_da_grate
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To: sharkhawk

Here's the link for that if you ever need it.

http://www.sipri.org/contents/armstrad/atirq_data.html/view?searchterm=iraq


34 posted on 01/14/2007 7:26:03 PM PST by sgtyork (Prove to us that you can enforce the borders first)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If Saddam had said all he knows I would imagine Russia and France would have been more embarrassed than the USA.


35 posted on 01/14/2007 7:28:00 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yes. How long did we "rush" into Iraq? How long was Saddam's trial? How many harangues did we have to endure?

You'd think if Saddam had secret information that he was just waiting to impart, he might have taken one day out of the trial or one of the many tirades to tell us.

Surely Ramsey Clark would know...


36 posted on 01/14/2007 7:30:12 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

MY GAWD!! He's dead and done. PLEASE everybody stop worrying about it... NEXT!!!


37 posted on 01/14/2007 7:44:13 PM PST by Dallas59 (HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!)
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To: Sunshine55

"Saddam was executed in an "unexpected" way so "he could not have the last word" and reveal compromising information on the relationship between the United States and his former regime, the veteran diplomat said on a television channel."

Or then again, maybe he would have spilled the beans about Russia's profits from the UN Oil For Food" scandal.


38 posted on 01/14/2007 9:05:15 PM PST by san juan
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Primakov and his boys were the ones in charge of spiriting the WMD's out of Iraq and burning incriminating evidence in the Russian Embassy. Primakov is probably relieved that Saddam is gone; he was awfully quiet when Saddam was in captivity.


39 posted on 01/14/2007 9:30:54 PM PST by BusterBear
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To: Sunshine55

The very first word that came into my mind, too.


40 posted on 01/14/2007 9:50:15 PM PST by Irishgirl
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To: Tailgunner Joe

"We Arabs ar good at onlyone thing and that is propaganda."

Heard from Arab loser after the fall of Baghdad.


41 posted on 01/15/2007 2:24:45 AM PST by bilhosty (to hell with ABCNNBCBS)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I guess we aren't only ones plagued by idiot conspiracy theorists.


42 posted on 01/15/2007 9:40:06 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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