The official silent video released of Saddam Hussein’s execution gave the impression it was calm and orderly. However, mobile phone images with sound have turned up on the Internet, and it shows the execution was anything but. There were angry taunts and exchanges between Saddam, guards and other witnesses. “Go to hell,” someone is heard yelling. Someone also yells out the name Moqtada several times. This refers to a radical Shi’ite cleric whose father was murdered in 1999 by gunmen suspected of being agents of Saddam’s once dominant Sunni Arab minority.
The Internet images show the actual moment of death, after which a man cried out “the tyrant has fallen”. Saddam’s body was taken back to his home village near Tikrit for burial, beside his two sons killed by US troops in 2003. Observers say the taunts at the execution will only reinforce the view in Sunni strongholds that the death was simply Shi’ite revenge and nothing to do with real justice.