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Briar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 07:07 AM
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Riverbend: A Lynching
A Lynching...

It's official. Maliki and his people are psychopaths. This really is a new low. It's outrageous- an execution during Eid. Muslims all over the world (with the exception of Iran) are outraged. Eid is a time of peace, of putting aside quarrels and anger- at least for the duration of Eid.

This does not bode well for the coming year. No one imagined the madmen would actually do it during a religious holiday. It is religiously unacceptable and before, it was constitutionally illegal. We thought we'd at least get a few days of peace and some time to enjoy the Eid holiday, which coincides with the New Year this year. We've spent the first two days of a holy holiday watching bits and pieces of a sordid lynching.

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One of the most advanced countries in the world did not help to reconstruct Iraq, they didn't even help produce a decent constitution. They did, however, contribute nicely to a kangaroo court and a lynching. A lynching shall go down in history as America's biggest accomplishment in Iraq. So who's next? Who hangs for the hundreds of thousands who've died as a direct result of this war and occupation? Bush? Blair? Maliki? Jaffari? Allawi? Chalabi?

2006 has definitely been representative of Maliki and his government- killings like never before and a lynching to end it properly. Death and destruction everywhere. I'm so tired of all of this


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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 07:19 AM
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1. "I'm so tired of all of this..."
yep, me, too. :-(
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 09:42 AM
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5. Riverbend's entire assessment of that awful farce is pretty accurate, IMO
The cellphone footage, and the sound accompanying the event, are pretty damned disturbing. The entire thing comes off as a political murder, not a punishment. If they wanted to deify Saddam, they couldn't have done a better job of it with that unprofessional display. When you have heckling at an execution, you've got to wonder about the quality of the rule of law in those parts. Thanks to the incompetents who arranged this quickie hanging, Saddam will be perceived by those outside of shia Iraq, and Iran, as an Arab nationalist who was a martyr, not a dictator-thug.
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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:50 AM
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2. Eid is a time of peace....right.....since when????
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Briar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 09:17 AM
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3. Eid-ul-Adha
Eid-ul-Adha ('Celebration of Sacrifice'), also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. It marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca). It takes place on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Although only pilgrims to Makkah can celebrate it fully, Muslims elsewhere also mark the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

The Hajj is the Fifth Pillar of Islam and therefore a very important part of the Islamic faith. All physically fit Muslims who can afford it should make the visit to Makkah, in Saudi Arabia, at least once in their lives. Every year around 2 million Muslims converge on Makkah. They visit a shrine in the city known as the Ka'bah, built by Ibrahim (Abraham) and Isma'il (Ishmael) at the command of Allah (God). It is a place for all who want to reaffirm their faith.

Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to God. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah intervened: instead Allah provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice a sheep (alternatively a goat or cow can be used), as a reminder of Ibrahim's obedience to Allah. They usually share out the meat with family and friends, as well as the poorer members of the community. In Britain, the animal has to be killed at a slaughterhouse.

Eid-ul-Adha is a 1-3 day celebration and in Muslim countries is a public holiday. It starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking Allah for all the blessings they have received. It is also a time when they visit family and friends as well as offering presents. At Eid it is obligatory to give a set amount of money to charity to be used to help poor people buy new clothes and food so they too can celebrate.

This information is just a google click away at:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/eid_haj.shtml

if you really want to know.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 09:36 AM
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4. Since always. It's a holiday, a religious one. NT
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 10:36 AM
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6. Since it started
Kindly read the poster who kindly looked up the details for you. Realize also that Eid is traditionally a time when there are no executions and when prisoners are pardoned. For Sunnis, Eid started on Saturday; for Shia, on Sunday. To execute Saddam, a Sunni, on Saturday, was a slap in the face of Sunnis.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:25 AM
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7. For North American Muslims, Eid began on Sunday
I am glad the execution video made with a camera phone was released on the internet. It shows that Saddam was executed by a Shia militia, and reveals why Maliki will never disband the militias. The video also debunks earlier published reports from Maliki's officials that said that Saddam was a broken man or that he had "fear in his eyes."

The reason Bush did not want Saddam tried by the International Crimes Court at The Hague was to prevent the people of the world from finding out American and European complicity with Saddam's crimes.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 01:14 AM
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8. ?
no time to research now but do you happen to know why the different start dates?
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-03-07 04:41 AM
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9. Sectarian differences. It starts with the sighting of the moon, and
different religious entities have to certify the time.
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