The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What Goes Around

The Arab television station Al-Arabiya has aired footage yesterday of what it claims were Iraqi men kicking and stepping on the corpse of Mohammed Hamza al-Zubaidi, a prime minister under Saddam Hussein who was linked to the suppression of Shiites after the 1991 Gulf War.

On December 5th 2005 U.S. military reported that al-Zubaidi, 67, had died of heart failure at a U.S. military hospital. Al-Arabiya quoted a U.S. Army spokesman saying that al-Zubaidi's body had been turned over to the Iraqi government after the autopsy.

Nonetheless a body, which is claimed to be that of al-Zubaidi, was shown being stepped on and kicked. Voices could be heard saying, "step on his mouth."

This unpleasant piece of footage, if genuine, raises a number of questions:

1 When and where was the footage taken?

2 Had the corpse really been handed over the official Iraqi authorities?

3 If the authorities had received the corpse, how is it that it fell into the hands of an angry mob?