Monday, January 15, 2007

Barzan and Bandar Executed

Saddam Hussein's half-brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, was hung/decapitated today. And Awad Hamad al-Bandar, a top judge under the Saddam regime was only hung.

Iraqi officials said that this time there had been "no violations", but the Barzan decapitation is suspicious. Could it have been intended? Maybe. The decapitation means that the rope was too long. People sentenced to death by hanging should be weighed the night before to determine the right length needed for the rope. Hanging is not supposed to be death by decapitation. The Saudis like decapitating people, but they use a sword not a rope.

So is Barzan going to be a hero now? I wouldn't be surprized.

It must have been very gory, but luckily for old Barzan, he died very quickly and painlessly.



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