2006-12-31

Saddams Tod: Geheimnisse im Grab, Video im Netz

--- Die irakischen Henker haben kurzen Prozess mit Saddam Hussein gemacht: Lang dauerte sein Todeskampf nicht, wie ein mit einer Handy-Cam aufgenommenes Video der Hinrichtung des Diktators mit dem Strang zeigt ("Full Saddam Execution Video Leaked from Cellphone"). Zu sehen auf Sites wie LiveLeak.com (Ogrish.com im Web-2.0-Gewand). Nähere Erklärungen zum Hinrichtungsvideo, zum Geschehen in den letzten Minuten Saddams und Übersetzungen der letzten gefallenen Worte gibts in einem Artikel auf Spiegel Online. Robert Fisk beklagt derweil im Independent, dass der Gestürzte einige schmutzige Geheimnisse auch über seine früheren Kooperationen mit den USA mit ins Grab nimmt -- obwohl dazu wohl auch von einem noch lebenden Saddam wohl nie etwas öffentlich gemacht worden wäre:
The moment Saddam's hooded executioner pulled the lever of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington's secrets were safe. The shameless, outrageous, covert military support which the United States - and Britain - gave to Saddam for more than a decade remains the one terrible story which our presidents and prime ministers do not want the world to remember. And now Saddam, who knew the full extent of that Western support - given to him while he was perpetrating some of the worst atrocities since the Second World War - is dead. Gone is the man who personally received the CIA's help in destroying the Iraqi communist party. After Saddam seized power, US intelligence gave his minions the home addresses of communists in Baghdad and other cities in an effort to destroy the Soviet Union's influence in Iraq. Saddam's mukhabarat visited every home, arrested the occupants and their families, and butchered the lot. Public hanging was for plotters; the communists, their wives and children, were given special treatment - extreme torture before execution at Abu Ghraib. There is growing evidence across the Arab world that Saddam held a series of meetings with senior American officials prior to his invasion of Iran in 1980 - both he and the US administration believed that the Islamic Republic would collapse if Saddam sent his legions across the border - and the Pentagon was instructed to assist Iraq's military machine by providing intelligence on the Iranian order of battle. One frosty day in 1987, not far from Cologne, I met the German arms dealer who initiated those first direct contacts between Washington and Baghdad - at America's request. "Mr Fisk... at the very beginning of the war, in September of 1980, I was invited to go to the Pentagon," he said. "There I was handed the very latest US satellite photographs of the Iranian front lines. You could see everything on the pictures. There were the Iranian gun emplacements in Abadan and behind Khorramshahr, the lines of trenches on the eastern side of the Karun river, the tank revetments - thousands of them - all the way up the Iranian side of the border towards Kurdistan. No army could want more than this. And I travelled with these maps from Washington by air to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt on Iraqi Airways straight to Baghdad. The Iraqis were very, very grateful!" ... We still don't know - and with Saddam's execution we will probably never know - the extent of US credits to Iraq, which began in 1982. The initial tranche, the sum of which was spent on the purchase of American weapons from Jordan and Kuwait, came to $300m. By 1987, Saddam was being promised $1bn in credit. By 1990, just before Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, annual trade between Iraq and the US had grown to $3.5bn a year. Pressed by Saddam's foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, to continue US credits, James Baker then Secretary of State, but the same James Baker who has just produced a report intended to drag George Bush from the catastrophe of present- day Iraq - pushed for new guarantees worth $1bn from the US.
Lesen wir dagegen auch US-Präsident Bushs Statement zum Ereignis des gestrigen frühen Morgens: Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial -- the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime. Fair trials were unimaginable under Saddam Hussein's tyrannical rule. It is a testament to the Iraqi people's resolve to move forward after decades of oppression that, despite his terrible crimes against his own people, Saddam Hussein received a fair trial. This would not have been possible without the Iraqi people's determination to create a society governed by the rule of law.

Mehr zur Inszenierung des Spektakels in Telepolis: Mit der eiligen Exekution Husseins wird viel zugedeckt. Das schnell und medienwirksam verhängte Todesurteil dient der irakischen und amerikanischen Regierung, aber ob das als unfair kritisierte Ende des Prozesses das Land versöhnen wird, darf bezweifelt werden.

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