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1:35 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 …
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.
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Joy of Capture Muted at End  —  The capture of Saddam Hussein three years ago was a jubilant moment for the White House, hailed by President Bush in a televised address from the Cabinet Room.  The execution of Mr. Hussein, though, seemed hardly to inspire the same sentiment.
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 …
New York Times:
Dictator Who Ruled Iraq With Violence Is Hanged for Crimes Against Humanity  —  Saddam Hussein, the dictator who led Iraq through three decades of brutality, war and bombast before American forces chased him from his capital city and captured him in a filthy pit near his hometown …
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 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 …
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Feared and Pitiless; Fearful and Pitiable  —  NOBODY who experienced Iraq under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein could imagine, at the height of the terror he imposed on his countrymen, ever pitying him.  Pitiless himself, he sent hundreds of thousands of his countrymen to miserable deaths …
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
Report: Saddam hanged; Update: Last word — "Muqtada" (Update: Video added)
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Impact of Hussein's death likely to be limited
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Saddam Hussein Is Put to Death
Discussion: Hot Air and Decision '08
Saddam Hussein executed
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FAMOUS LAST WORDS  —  Echoing the recently deceased American …
Discussion: ScrappleFace
Michelle Malkin:
Report: Saddam is dead
Bill Carter / New York Times:
How Much Should Be Shown of a Hanging?  Network Executives Wonder and Wait
Discussion: Althouse and AMERICAblog
Raed Jarrar / The Huffington Post:
There Is No Victory in Saddam's Execution
Associated Press:
Saddam Hanged for War Crimes in Iraq
Discussion: Sky News
DEBKAfile:   Saddam Hussein, deposed ruler of Iraq, was executed by hanging …
Robert Hodierne /
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.
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 …
Sky News:
Car Bomb 'Claimed By ETA'
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. Official Overseeing Oil Program Faces Inquiry  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether the director of a multibillion-dollar oil-trading program at the Interior Department has been paid as a consultant for oil companies hoping for contracts.  —  The director of the program …
Discussion: Political Animal
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Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Saddam is dead  —  Saddam and his regime have passed into history.
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
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