Monday, January 15, 2007

Winning hearts and minds
Let's see, we blew Saddam's sons to bits and then displayed the bits on television in violation international law and common decency. We mocked the man himself during his execution and opened the trap door when he was in mid-prayer. Now we have decapitated his brother. Can't we* do anything right.
Iraq hanged two of Saddam Hussein's aides early Monday, and one of the men was decapitated in the process.

The official video of the hangings showed Hussein's half-brother lying headless below the gallows, his severed head several yards away, The Associated Press reported.

Iraqi authorities, eager to prove that the decapitation of Barzan Hassan was an accident, showed the video to a group of journalists, according to a government official.

Regardless of how bad a person he was or what he deserved, civilized states do not dismember their captives. The fact that it was an accident is not going to gain us many points in the hearts and minds of those we are trying to win over our side.


Update: Lovely. Now that I posted about it, I'm getting hits from people Googling around for the Barzan Hassan decapitation video.

* I dump the current US administration and it's best friend and ally, the completely and totally sovereign government of Iraq into the same kettle to form that "we."

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