American Samizdat

Wednesday, January 03, 2007. *
Al-Hayat publishes an analysis suggesting the execution of Saddam is part of the Iraqi segment of a plan that has crystalized in the mind of US president Bush following his meetings with Malaki (in Amman) and Hakim and Hashimi (in Washington). But before getting to that, the reporter notes the following: The Maliki administration says it is trying to "soften some of the blowback" from the execution by (a) permitting the family to bury the body; (b) not opposing demonstrations in support of Saddam; and (c) inviting Iraqis to open a new page, hinting at legalizing the Baath party and the return of Baath-era officers to the armed forces. However, the journalist says, it did appear from the video that has been circulating that what the government did was to turn Saddam over to the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr, and the execution had more the appearance of a political liquidation than of anything appropriate to the "new Iraq" that Maliki talks about.
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