ASIA & OCEANIA
(5 Jan) Terms Saddam's execution "sad event".
(4 Jan) Hanging will haunt Bush, reports The Toronto Star's Haroon Siddiqui.
(1 Jan) Saddam Hussein's trial and execution show a double standard in the international community, as no one in Afghanistan has been prosecuted for atrocities from the country's 25 years of war.
(31 Dec) Former Indian Supreme Court judge, V.R. Krishna Iyer, has condemned the hanging of the former Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein. Krishna Iyer, The Hindu
(31 Dec) "Clear procedural difficulties" in trial process: Congress; a heinous act, says CPI (M); Hurried execution, observes CPI; Paswan terms it a "dark passage" in world history; An "unjust action, feels JD (U). The Hindu
(30 Dec) It is more than three years since the US captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who orchestrated on behalf of Osama bin Laden, the massacre of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians in the US on 9/11. He has not been tried so far, not to talk of being executed. Why the hurry in the case of Saddam? B. RAMAN
(30 Dec 2006) Former president Kenneth Kaunda is terribly angered by the execution.
(31 Dec) "Roundly condemned by officials and scholars throughout Africa. Most critics insist it won't resolve the U.S-Iraq crisis or ease the orgy of bloodletting." SIFELANI TSIKO, Black Star News
(30 and 18 Dec) South Africa called for UN intervention in Iraq. "South Africa remains convinced that his execution is not the panacea to the current political problems in Iraq but could fuel violence in an already volatile situation," said Foreign Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa.
(14 May 04) 1,500 South Africans work for the Coalition Authority, not a few of whom are war criminals who had "confessed to killing blacks and terrorizing anti-apartheid activists, acts that can only be called crimes against humanity." LOUIS NEVAER, National Catholic Reporter
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
(8 Jan) For the first half of the first day of Saddam's execution, the Arab world was somber, quietly asking itself why this man - or any man - would be executed on the holiest day of the Islamic lunar calendar ... By nightfall on the first day of Eid, the picture of a man led to his execution in a respectful manner had been entirely dashed. And reality set in. FIRAS AL-ATRAQCHI*
(5 Jan) The United States wanted to use Saddam Hussein's execution to stoke tensions between Shias and Sunnis. "America's method is to start sectarian differences," Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Friday prayers in a sermon broadcast on state radio.
(2 Jan) Saddam Hussein was hanged on what is held to be a day of mercy and feasting in the Islamic world. It is usually celebrated with the slaughter of a lamb, which represents the innocent blood of Ishmael, who was sacrificed by his father, the prophet Abraham, to honour God. DAHR JAMAIL and ALI AL-FADHILY
(2 Jan) 'Saddam Hussein was a prisoner of war'; violates 'all international laws'. Commentaries draw parallels between the assassination of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat by poison in France and the show trial of president Hussein in Baghdad, in which the common denominator is U.S. president George W. Bush.
(31 Dec) Israel's support for the legalized assassination of Saddam Hussein is aimed at giving itself impunity for its own infamous policy without, during these moments, drawing too much attention to it.
Editorial Commentary by SHEIKHA SAJIDA, www.aljazeera.com
(31 Dec) Even the US appointed trial's first chief judge Rizkar Mohammed Amin, a Kurd , who later resigned under pressure, has declared the execution was illegal in Iraqi law:
(30 Dec) But Al-Zubaydi added that the last footage of the execution was leaked to the media "according to a US plan that depends on the effects of the psychological war and propaganda that aim at achieving a clearly known objective."
The execution of the former Iraqi president did not come as a surprise because we have noticed since the advent of America in Iraq that Saddam could not get a fair trial. Dr. IS-HAQ AKINTOLA
(10 Jan) A representative selection of tributes by British newspaper columnists to the way in which Saddam Hussein conducted himself in the face of death. For most, it was the first time they had ever had a good word to say about Saddam, or had even acknowledged his humanity. PAUL WOLF
(3 Jan 07) 'Western diktat. The execution was carried out under the auspices of a foreign occupying power, and with a clear western message: we give ourselves the right to invade a sovereign Arab state and remove its leader because he offends us.'
(30 Dec) 'The execution will not hold back the resistance of the Iraqi people to the foreign occupation, or against the collaborationist forces and all those who are trying to bring about a sectarian division of the country.'
(2 Jan) British government found a simple way of welcoming the death penalty for Saddam Hussein while saying it opposes the death penalty. After former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was hanged, the government simply said both things, with no clear indication that the government cannot quite welcome what it opposes. SANJAY SURI
(3 Jan 07) The execution of President Saddam Hussein is another crime that should be added to the growing list of crimes committed by the United States since it invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003.
(28 Dec) The entire trial of Saddam Hussein by a kangaroo court under U.S. occupation is a new exercise in the politics of assassination perfected by the US since the Second World War as an instrument of criminalizing politics. TML Daily editorial
(12 Jan) US President George W. Bush on 30 December hailed the execution of the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as "an important milestone" on the road to building an Iraqi democracy. Taking the high road, Americans demonstrated in numerous cities throughout the US, denouncing the execution of Hussein as a "political assassination" in the style of a Ku Klux Klan "lynch law."
(5 Jan) Saddam Hussein and U.S. Politics of Assassination. Editorial Statement, Voice of Revolution
(2 Jan) "It is political foolishness, an illegal act in a country that has been driven to an internal conflict in which millions of citizens have been exiled or lost their lives.
(31 Dec) Like a blue-blood version of a Mob family with global reach, the Bushes have eliminated one more key witness to the important historical events that led the U.S. military into a bloody stalemate in Iraq and pushed the Middle East to the brink of calamity. ROBERT PARRY