'Manner of Saddam death was wrong'

Blair's comments follow Brown's remarks, who said taunting was "deplorable."

January 7, 2007 16:31
1 minute read.
'Manner of Saddam death was wrong'

Blair 298.88 ap. (photo credit: AP [file])


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Tony Blair's office said Sunday the prime minister believed the manner in which former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was executed was "completely wrong," adding to criticism aired by senior ministers and Blair's likely successor Gordon Brown. Blair planned to speak publicly about the hanging later this week, but believed that process had been poorly handled, his office said. Treasury chief Gordon Brown, who is expected to succeed Blair as prime minister this year, said on Saturday that the taunting of Saddam during his execution and the release of illicitly recorded video was "deplorable" and "completely unacceptable." Iraqi Prime Minster Nour al-Maliki has ordered an inquiry into the emergence of the unofficial video, on which Saddam is heard exchanging insults with his executioners. "The Prime Minister has said he completely supports the inquiry and he believes that the manner of the execution was completely wrong, but that should not lead us to forget the crimes that Saddam Hussein committed, including the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis," a spokeswoman for Blair's Downing Street office said Sunday, on customary condition of anonymity in line with policy. Blair has faced increasing pressure to share his views on the execution after his deputy John Prescott and Brown both criticized the hanging. He declined to answer questions on the matter after returning from a holiday in Florida on Thursday, saying he wanted to focus on health issues and talks on the future of Northern Ireland. "Now that we know the full picture of what happened, we can sum this up as a deplorable set of events," Brown said in an interview taped Saturday for the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Sunday AM program. "It is something, of course, which the Iraqi Government has now expressed its anxiety and shame at." Prescott last Tuesday also used the word "deplorable" to describe the circumstances surrounding the execution. Blair's office said the prime minister did not necessarily support Prescott's view.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A peacekeeper from the United Nations African Miss
January 20, 2019
Al Qaeda: Chad Peacekeepers' murder backlash for renewed ties with Israel