Video of Saddam's Funeral

Note: Repost from the old blog.
Two other posts dealing with Saddam’s hanging can be seen on this blog and my other blog, the famous video of Saddam’s hanging itself and a video of his body on a gurney after the hanging.
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Here is another leaked video, this one of Saddam’s funeral and burial in Al Awja, near Tikrit. Al Awja is the small town near Tikrit where Saddam was born. It’s over 10 minutes long, so if you are impatient, you may wish to forgo it. The quality of most of this video is actually quite good, although I suspect it was also shot with a cellphone.
The funeral and burial took place in the dead of night, and there was not a woman to be seen. Even if you can’t understand a word of Arabic, it’s impossible to not hear the continuous cries of “Allahu Akbar” punching the desert air.
The scene, like the one at the execution, was one of pandemonium, chaos, rage, menace and vengeance. But this is a different kind of revenge gathering.
While Saddam’s execution was a victorious, joyful, sectarian Iraqi Shia revenge party for the Dawa Party (and to a lesser extent the SCIRI Party and Mahdi Army) his funeral was a mournful rage-session for Iraq’s Sunnis. The menace in the air here, not to mention the masked insurgents or insurgent supporters, is palpable enough to send shivers down your spine.
The main question in Iraq right now is how to tamp down the mad sectarian frenzy that is eating Iraq alive. The videos of the execution and later of the funeral are evidence that Saddam’s execution only fed the murderous bonfire, and therefore was not a positive thing.
I really don’t know who these Iraqi Sunnis in the video were. They were probably Sunnis from the Tikrit area, long a hotbed of support for Saddam Hussein. Were they Baath Party members?
Were they supporters of the Sunni fundamentalists ripping Iraq apart like hyenas on a corpse? I can’t answer those questions; maybe someone else can.
I only know that this was a video of a bunch of really pissed-off Iraqi men out for payback and blood. And in the context of today’s Iraq, that was a terrifying thing.

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