Saddam Death Video

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Click here to watch the video of Saddam Hussein being executed.

First off, I’ll freely admit that the only reason I’m writing about this is because it’s something a lot of people are searching for on Google. So, with that out of the way…

The video was purportedly shot on a cell phone and that looks to be the case. The shot is shakier than The Blair Witch Project, the image quality is extremely low, and the video is clearly not a full 30fps. The lighting in the room is just barely bright enough to make out Saddam’s face.

The actual moment of the hanging comes at just over a minute and a half into the video and is rather anti-climactic. Saddam, standing calmly with an enormous yellow noose around his neck, surrounded by taunting guards, suddenly drops out of sight and the rope snaps taut; it’s like every hanging you’ve ever seen in the movies.

Some people have described the video as graphic, but it isn’t. The camera doesn’t follow him down as he drops. Instead, we see more shaky video before finally settling on Saddam’s expired visage. There is no blood or gore, just an old, dead, utterly conquered dictator.

Watching the video, watching Saddam just moments before his death, I couldn’t help but wonder what he was thinking. Was he scared? Was he irritated? Was he relieved? If nothing else good can be said about the man, he went out with as much dignity as was possible.

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  1. I just watched the video for the first time. It looked like to me he was smiling at one point. You know this makes him a martyr to his followers and they will now fight longer and more fierce. He even stated in an interview that he wanted to be put to death for that reason.

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