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AMMAN, Jordan — A previously unknown group of Iraqi Baathists pledged allegiance to Saddam Hussein‘s fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim and named him the "legitimate president of Iraq," a statement issued by the group said Sunday.
The statement was distributed in Amman at the Jordan branch of Saddam’s Baath party where dozens of people came to pay condolences for the former president who was hanged to death Saturday. The statement was apparently sent from the Baath party in Baghdad.
"In the name of Baghdad’s Citizens Gathering, we pledge allegiance to Gen. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri as the legitimate president of Iraq and the chief of the armed forces," said the statement. [more]
Many of the instructions were to be expected: rule No. 25 commands the murder of teachers if a warning and a beating does not dissuade them from teaching. No. 26 outlines the exquisite delicacy of burning schools and destroying anything that aid organizations might undertake — such as the building of a new road, school or clinic. The essence of the other rules are easily left to the imagination, basically involving what militant Islam is about: vile hate, death and destruction.
But there is a curious rule that the Western media has typically ignored. Rule No. 19 instructs that Taliban fighters must not take young boys without facial hair into their private quarters.
(Cough and clearing of the throat).
Aside from the question of what is permitted if a young boy does happen to have facial hair, this new Taliban commandment brings light to a taboo pathology that underlies the structures of militant Islam. And it is crucial to deconstruct the meaning of this rule — and the horrid reality that it represents — because it serves as a gateway to understanding the primary causes of Islamic rage and terror.
Rule No. 19 obviously indicates that the sexual abuse of young boys is a prevalent and institutionalized phenomenon among the Taliban and that, for one reason or another, its widespread practice has become a problem. [more]
Granted Islammemo is a propaganda machine for the terrorists and take credit (claiming to have shot down) a U.S. chopper when in reality a mechanical failure caused the crash. However, that doesn’t mean a chopper didn’t go down and the whole crew wasn’t lost. Either way, let’s hope this isn’t the case here.
Peace Mom Aims to Ramp up "Peace Surge" after Arrest Thursday
by Erin Quinn
CRAWFORD – Minutes before the “Peace Mom” was arrested Thursday for blocking a road near President Bush’s ranch, Cindy Sheehan said she plans to become more “confrontational” and that it’s time to “ramp up” peace efforts.
“We’re the only people that can stop Bush now,” she said, standing with about 30 other peace protesters at a barricaded Secret Service checkpoint outside the Crawford-area ranch. [more]
Gerry Fonseca (Sheehan’s boyfriend) shows the land that he purchased on behalf of Marxist Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas, Friday, July 28, 2006. Marxists will have a new and bigger gathering place when they return in August to President Bush’s adopted hometown: a 5-acre lot bought with insurance money Sheehan received after her son was killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Confrontational peace efforts? For fucks sake!
Sheehan plans yetanother coup d’état because the last 50 or so were so successful and as she says; she and her cohorts are the only ones that can stop Bush.
Though whoever took this video seems drunk, (the cell phone camera is all over the place), you do see Saddam swinging from under the trap door with a noose around his neck. No doubt, he’s dead. Fitting that the Iraqis executed Saddam in one of his own torture/death chambers.
"As they are putting the rope on his neck, he says "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger". After the rope is in place, the Iraqi’s send blessings on Prophet Mohammed and his family, and one of the Sadrists shouts "Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada" (its a Sadrist thing). Saddam smiles and says something you cant clearly hear because one of Iraqi’s shouts back "go to hell". You can hear Saddam say "shame on you" just before someone says "Long Live Mohammed Baqer Al Sadr" and another says "go to hell" again. There is another voice which we hear for the first time repeatedly shouting "please…please", its most likely an Iraqi official asking everyone to keep quiet. Saddam then repeats the words "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger". He says it one more time before he drops but doesnt get time to finish his sentence…"There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed…" *trap door opens and he falls*. Immeiately after his neck snaps, people send blessings on Prophet Mohamemd and his family (without the ‘Moqtada’ dramatics this time) and shout "May Allah curse you" and "the dictator has fallen". Then amid the darkness, someone takes a picture and you can clearly see Saddam still hanging from the rope".