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January 03, 2007

Bravo!...

Many (probably most) readers will probably disagree with me on this, but I frankly am not disturbed by the way Saddam Hussein spent his last few conscious minutes.

Last night I watched Glenn Beck commiserate with the chia pet-haired Baghdad New York Times Bureau Chief over the way the executioners heckled the murderous son of a b***h before they snapped his filthy neck. Oh, how awful it was. Oh, how insensitive, Oh, how it sullied our reputation and illustrated the ineptitude of the Maliki regime.

Bollocks.

I was first and foremost disappointed that Beck chose the NYT lizard for color commentary on the post-execution "mood on the streets." Hell, why not have Ramsey Clark on for a "fair and balanced" look, eh? Sheesh.

Second, I wish I had been on to ask Glenn: Where were the cigarette burns on Saddam's face in that hanging video? How about the sulfuric acid burns to his eyes? Any hint of broken bones? Electrified genitalia? Fingernails missing? Now THAT'S abuse, and was part and parcel of the way Saddam's goons treated fargin' WOMEN and CHILDREN, for crap's sake!

Honestly, these guys who lament such things just don't get it yet. And maybe that's a good thing, because I wouldn't wish on anyone in the world the kind of treatment Saddam visited on his own people for 30+ years. Think of it, gentle reader with children--one night a knock on your door and two thugs demand your daughter accompany them to a place where she loses her virginity to the son of your President...because they can...AND she's then killed...AND you're responsible for cleaning up the mess. The chattering classes, the media minstrels, the carnival barkers that are today's mainstream media journalists can't put themselves in the executioners' shoes because they will never, ever be exposed to that kind of horror (thank God). And so we suffer through their naval gazing...

Taunting before neck stretching? Shite, you betcha.

Personally, I thought the Shiites showed remarkable restraint in conducting the dispatch of a malignant thing who was the most deadly tyrant on the planet for the period he was alive and in charge.

I guess I was born in the wrong century...if I was developing this war's strategery I would step back and get the attention of our enemies before continuing with the civil affairs stuff, the nation building stuff and all the other hearts-and-minds stuff that is also critical to success.

I would take my cue from 1) the Romans; 2) the Mongols (BEFORE they converted), and; 3) the Borg Collective. The first believed in their civilization and its exceptionalism. The second weren't afraid to inflict maximum damage during and after the attack. The third are, albeit fictional, technologically superior, insanely adaptive and utterly implacable.

Instapilot, Token Barbarian

Comments on Bravo!...
Barb briefed on January 3, 2007 02:37 PM

BINGO! I may be a BARBarian myself, but my personal suggestion would have been to hang him until he passed out, then revive/rinse/repeat. Killing him only once for all of the horrible things he ordered done was just not enough. I'm surprised that they were so restrained that they didn't draw and quarter him.

Sgt. B. briefed on January 3, 2007 03:02 PM

I favor the whole "bloody eagle" approach of the Norse...

Restraint indeed... Maybe a few other folks over there will heed the lesson...

Sometimes being civilized seems overrated.

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 3, 2007 03:48 PM

Just in case Sergeant B's Blood Eagle reference is bewildering...

SangerM briefed on January 3, 2007 04:12 PM

Sign me up... Viking berserker is what I MUST have been in a previous life!

Better yet would have been a blaring Monty Python laugh track for 20 minutes while he stodd there waiting wondering when the lever would trip....

BillT briefed on January 3, 2007 11:26 PM

There were two variants on the Blood Eagle: normally, you sliced vertically through the muscle and skin, then peeled both laterally, exposing the ribs and draping the tissue over the victim's outstretched arms, resulting in a Dali-esque set of wings. If you were feeling artistic, though, you'd then crack the ribcage, extract the lungs and bring them upward and over the shoulder blades.

Yeah, sure. Mostly drivel, but a very effective Norse psywar tactic, which served to keep the locals beyond bow range until the raiders were safely back in their longships, rowing like mad to get out of projectile range.

Think about it -- how would *you* like to row a drakkar with bone splinters in your mitts?

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