Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Saddam Execution Video

No, I'm not going to post a link to the video, because it can be found in all of the usual places. It's graphic, real, and raw. Should it have been surreptitiously recorded? Probably not. As one of the officials said when they saw the cameraphone in the hand of someone in the mob, "Please stop, the man is being executed, please stop."

Stephen Moss writes:
The man. Not the monster, the butcher, the tyrant. Saddam's killers have achieved the impossible: they have made us feel sympathy for him, for his grace under pressure. There may not have been dignity in the dying, but there was courage. A five-star death.
However, "this man" is not just any man, and the people most interested in seeing the video, Iraqis -- as we're being lead to believe -- wanted to see it firsthand. What better way to capture history these days? The future of video truly belongs to cameraphones. Maybe Time Magazine was right all along?

edit: Added quotes from The Guardian and Stephen Moss

edit: Picture removed


  1. That's true about the Time magazine and camera phones. Talk about revolutionizing information. The Saddam picture is enough to keep me from viewing the video - I'll pass on the graphic finale.

    Great post.

  2. You're really not missing much. The cameraphone moves this way and that, and the speech in the video is all distorted from all of the yelling.


    p.s.: thanks for stopping by!


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