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12:05 PM ET, December 30, 2006

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Michael Hastings / Newsweek:
'I Saw Fear, He Was Afraid'  —  In a NEWSWEEK exclusive, the man hired to videotape Saddam Hussein's execution recalls the brutal dictator's humble final moments.  —  Ali Al Massedy was 3 feet away from Saddam Hussein when he died.  The 38 year old, normally Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al …
Discussion: Donklephant and PrairiePundit
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Independent:
Robert Fisk: A dictator created then destroyed by America  —  Saddam to the gallows.  It was an easy equation.  Who could be more deserving of that last walk to the scaffold - that crack of the neck at the end of a rope - than the Beast of Baghdad, the Hitler of the Tigris …
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Dec. deadliest month in Iraq for U.S.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 46 Iraqis died in bombings Saturday, including one planted on a minibus that exploded in a fish market in a mostly Shiite town south of Baghdad.  —  The man blamed for parking the vehicle in Kufa, a Shiite town 100 miles south …
Associated Press:
Saddam Hussein executed for war crimes  —  Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturday.
Juan Cole / Salon:
Saddam: The death of a dictator  —  Through the bumbling of the U.S.-backed regime, justice becomes revenge, and a despot becomes a martyr.  —  Saddam Hussein in court in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 7, 2006.  —  The body of Saddam, as it swung from the gallows at 6 a.m. Saturday Baghdad time, cast an ominous shadow over Iraq.
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
Report: Saddam hanged; Update: Last word — "Muqtada" (Update: Video added)  —  Word just in from al-Arabiya that Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti is dead.  —  Sic Semper Tyrannis.  Watch this space for more details.  —  Update (AP): Al-Hurra is reporting it too.
Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
WELL HUNG!  Saddam Hung To Prove Bush is BETTER Hung...  (Than His Dad)  —  (Photo of well-hung leader by www.wacotrib.com)  —  We Got Him!!!!  Only $354 Billion & 3,000 US Military!  —  (I'd call that a Bargain.  The best we've ever had...)  —  Some thanks are in order:  —  1) To George W. Bush.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Saddam Husseined … So it is done.  —  And truth be told, I have very little to say about the hanging of Saddam Hussein.  Was his public execution justified?  Of course it was.  Will his death halt the insurgency?  Of course it will not—though I believe it will have a greater impact …
Discussion: Barcepundit
MSNBC:
Saddam Hussein executed  —  Deposed Iraqi dictator hanged for deaths of 148 Shiites in 1982  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three years after he was hauled from a hole in the ground by pursuing U.S. forces, Saddam Hussein was hanged Saturday under a sentence imposed by an Iraqi court, an Iraqi official told NBC News.
White House:
President Bush's Statement on Execution of Saddam Hussein  —  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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Joy of Capture Muted at End
Times of London:
Obituary - Saddam Hussein
Discussion: New York Times and Khaleej Times
Robert Scheer / Truthdig:
Silencing Saddam
Raed Jarrar / The Huffington Post:
There Is No Victory in Saddam's Execution
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Impact of Hussein's death likely to be limited
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FAMOUS LAST WORDS  —  Echoing the recently deceased American …
Discussion: ScrappleFace
Associated Press:
Saddam Hanged for War Crimes in Iraq
Discussion: Sky News
DEBKAfile:   Saddam Hussein, deposed ruler of Iraq, was executed by hanging …
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Any Man's Death?  —  Josh Marshall tells it like it is.
Discussion: Associated Press
Reuters:   Saddam Hussein hanged: witnesses
Kevin Hayden / The American Street:
Some Guy Who's Not Osama Bin Laden Was Hanged Tonight
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Gateway Pundit:
The Death of a Butcher- Saddam Hussein's Final Hours
CNN:
Madrid bombing 'breaks ETA pact' … MADRID, Spain (CNN) — Spain has blamed a powerful car bomb explosion at the country's busiest airport Saturday on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.  —  Several people suffered minor injuries in the parking lot blast …
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Sky News:
Car Bomb 'Claimed By ETA'
Discussion: Hot Air
Robert Hodierne / militarycity.com:
Down on the war  —  Poll: More troops unhappy with Bush's course in Iraq  —  The American military — once a staunch supporter of President Bush and the Iraq war — has grown in creasingly pessimistic about chances for victory.  —  For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president's han dling of the war than approve of it.
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Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
DAs Call for Prosecutor in Duke Lacrosse Case to Step Down  —  Nifong to Be Tried for Ethics Violations  —  ABC News Law & Justice Unit  —  In yet another moral blow to Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys called for the prosecutor to step down from the Duke lacrosse case.
Edward M. Kennedy / Washington Post:
We Can't Ignore Iraq's Refugees  —  With the nation still at war in Iraq, each of us is deeply grateful to the brave men and women in our armed forces who celebrated the holidays this year with half their hearts at home and half in Iraq.  But this year especially it is essential that we also reflect …
 
 
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Solomon Moore / Los Angeles Times:
Monthly U.S. toll in Iraq at 2-year high
David Hirst / Guardian:
Saddam Hussein  —  Brutal and opportunist dictator of Iraq …
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