|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 29 December 2006 17:00|
|The former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging. The verdict came after a long and arduous trial during which evidence was presented of the many war crimes he had perpetrated against his own people. Saddam was found hiding in a hole in the ground in December 2003, after having evaded capture for over 8 months. |
Saddam believed he was the descendant of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and was attempting to rebuild the ancient city. But like King Nebuchadnezzar, he was once the ruler of the country but was reduced to living like an animal. I felt very sad for him. There's something terrible about a man that was once so powerful, dieing like a normal man. Perhaps that is a reminder to the world that when it comes to the judgement, that's all we are - men...
I prayed that he would be saved, also like King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:37). But whether the war against Iraq was justified or not, Saddam was a brutal dictator and financed terrorism against Israel. He paid the families of suicide bombers tens of thousands of dollars, and during the first Gulf War, fired dozens of Scud missiles at Israel. Palestinians mourned the news of Saddam's execution...
Quote: "Purportedly, Saddam's final words were, "Palestine is Arab." "We heard of his martyrdom, and I swear to Allah we were deeply shaken from within," said Khadejeh Ahmad from the Qadora refugee camp in the West Bank. "Nobody was as supportive or stood with the Palestinians as he did." During the first Gulf War in 1991, the Palestinians cheered Saddam's missile attacks on Israel, chanting "Beloved Saddam, strike Tel Aviv," as the Scud missiles flew overhead.
And Palestinians weren't the only ones mourning the passing of Saddam. When Chairman Arafat of the Palestinian Authority died of unknown causes, the BBC news reporter Barbara Plett wept on camera. So much for our news being impartial. An investigation was carried out by the BBC into her behaviour, but she was let off. Once again, news the of the death of a "peace-loving, benevolent dictator" has news anchors spluttering for words...
Quote: ""We're following a breaking story out of Iraq. Saddam Hussein could be executed within a matter of hours. [Cough] At least that's what one Iraqi official is telling Reuters. [Cough, wheezing] Excuse me." Nearly 20 seconds of silence, broken only by wheezing and a cough, followed as video footage from Saddam's trial played without audio. Viewers were left to their own imaginations as to what was occurring at the anchor desk during the episode until MSNBC broke to a Walgreen's commercial.
Saddam may be gone, but the world still must face another brutal dictator - the Antichrist, and the one world religious system - Mystery Babylon.