The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
I must say, this is going very well:
Saddam Husseinâ€™s half brother and the former chief of Iraqâ€™s Revolutionary Court were both hanged before dawn Monday, but the half-brother’s head was severed by the noose â€” leading to outrage from Sunnis who claim the body was mutilated.
Barzan Ibrahim, Saddamâ€™s half brother and former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, once head of Iraqâ€™s Revolutionary Court, had been found guilty along with Saddam in the killing of 148 Shiite Muslims after a 1982 assassination attempt on the former leader in the town of Dujail north of Baghdad.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed the executions, saying those attending the hangings included a prosecutor, a judge and a physician.
He also said Ibrahimâ€™s head was severed from his body during his hanging.
â€œIn a rare incident, the head of the accused Barzan Ibrahim al-Hassan was separated from his body during the execution,â€ al-Dabbagh told reporters.
Hangmen gauge the length of rope needed to snap the neck of the condemned but not to create enough force to sever the head.
Saleem al-Jibouri, a senior Sunni Arab lawmaker, said Ibrahim’s body might have been weakened by the cancer he was suffering.
Two high profile hangings – two colossal screw-ups sure to inflame tensions. Someone needs to tell them that creating an administration that looks and acts and stumbles around like unattended children, making it a mirror image of ours, is not necessarily an improvement over the previous management nor is it a democracy.