Riverbend translates the Saddam video

Riverbend has a post today on the execution of Saddam including a shame on you to CNN…

Now we come to CNN. Shame on you CNN journalists- you’re getting lazy. The least you can do is get the last words correct when you write a story about an execution. Your articles are read the world over and will go down in history as references. You people are the biggest news network in the world- the least you can do is spend some money on a decent translator. Saddam’s last words were NOT “Muqtada Al Sadr” as Munir Haddad claimed, according to the article below. If anyone had seen at least part of the video they showed on TV, you’d know that.


From the video that was leaked, it was not an executioner who yelled “long live Muqtada al-Sadr”. See, this is another low the Maliki government sunk to- they had some hecklers conveniently standing by during the execution. Maliki claimed they were “some witnesses from the trial”, but they were, very obviously, hecklers. The moment the noose was around Saddam’s neck, they began chanting, in unison, “God’s prayers be on Mohamed and on Mohamed’s family…” Something else I didn’t quite catch (but it was very coordinated), and then “Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada!” One of them called out to Saddam, “Go to hell…” (in Arabic). Saddam looked down disdainfully and answered “Heya hay il marjala…?” which is basically saying, “Is this your manhood…?”.

Someone half-heartedly called out to the hecklers, “I beg you, I beg you- the man is being executed!” They were slightly quieter and then Saddam stood and said, “Ashadu an la ilaha ila Allah, wa ashhadu ana Mohammedun rasool Allah…” Which means, “I witness there is no god but Allah and that Mohammed is His messenger.” These are the words a Muslim (Sunnis and Shia alike) should say on their deathbed. He repeated this one more time, very clearly, but before he could finish it, he was lynched.

So, no, CNN, his last words were not “Muqtada Al Sadr” in a mocking tone- just thought someone should clear that up. (Really people, six of you contributed to that article!)

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10 thoughts on “Riverbend translates the Saddam video

  1. With your simple view of what transpired, I suppose that one could also characterize the Russian show trials or Judge Roy Bean’s sense of frontier justice similarily.
    I do agree with you, however, that hanging Sadam for the crimes committed denied many Iraqi’s who suffered so much at his hands any further ability to confront him for his crimes, but it does convieniently keep the world from focusing on our own government’s involvement in facilitating his butchery through the years that other charges and trial proceedings may have illuminated. I’m sure Bush would think that is a good thing. Personally, I don’t. Sunlight is a great disinfectant.

  2. Couldn’t agree with you more. What really bugs me is that if you listen to newscasts from the nordic areas, they uniformly pronounce location names and personal names impecably – and using the native phonetics.
    If you mispronounce someone’s name repeatedly, its generally taken as a sign of disrespect.
    Yet, US politicos, military, and newscasts repeatedly grossly mispronounce the names of foreign places. You can hear the venom dripping from their fangs as they say EYE-rack (even though the native name doesn’t use phonics that are that dissimilar to American sounds).
    I’d like to propose that we can’t invade a country until we both a) can pass a test on basic aspects of the country and b) we have a given threshold of people who can speak the language of the country.

  3. As if it were accidental. News anchors have been mis-pronouncing his name for years, in such a way (I have been led to believe) that sounds dirty.

  4. So, my one comment is re: the last comment of the writer characterizing the execution as Saddam “( he) was lynched.”; regardless of our opinion of this war, he was tried, convicted, sentenced & that sentence carried out after benefit of an appeal. The truly galling aspect is that Saddam was convicted and executed for only one of the egregious acts he perpetrated against the Iraqi populace.

  5. Trying to find ways of painting Saddam Husein which are beneficial to the ShrubCo story, they’re spinning stories so fast that they don’t agree with themselves.
    At one point, CNN was reporting that he appeared defeated. Oddly enough, nothing in the story seemed to indicate that as the story had him exchanging taunts with the hecklers.

  6. I get the impression that just as Saddam’s trial verdict was determined before his trial, his last words and demeanor were also pre-determined for public consumption before the execution. I’m not proud to be an American tonight, the last day of this really stinking year.

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