Yeah. Saddam was hanged by the neck, 'til he died.
You see, ...
Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made man.
[Genesis 9:6, (emphasis mine)]
But the problem is that we can never be so sure that anybody is guilty of anything. I support the death penalty big time -- because if someone thinks anybody can die by his/her hand, he/she should be ready to die by another's hand. Anybody who knowingly causes death should be killed, no questions asked.
But what if Saddam had some sycophant who was actually in charge of the killings he has been hanged for? That's the curse of human justice -- it can't ever be sure. Still, let's move on with it. I mean, frig, but he's just one of the 40-something Iraqis who have died today (already -- ED). And he wasn't the first, neither the last -- you've got to give it up for terrorists who blow themselves up before 6:00 in the morning!
On the day the LORD gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
How the oppressor has come to an end!
How his fury has ended!
They will all respond,
they will say to you,
"You also have become weak, as we are;
you have become like us."
All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you
and worms cover you.
[Isaiah 14:3, 4, 10, 11, (emphasis mine)]
Me, I'm alive. Thank Jah. The revolution goes on, over here.
UPDATE [31st, December, 1330h]:
I have just seen a video on Al-Jazeera, of Saddam actually falling through the trap door. They were trying to be good, so they censored major parts of it, but you see and hear much -- `La illaha il Allah, Muhammadan rasoul Allah', the Shahadah. Frig. And then somebody shouts `The tyrant is dead!', after some guys have chanted the name of the Shia leader, `Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada!'. And some guy says `Give it three minutes ... no, no, don't push!'
See the last quote before the update, and you'll marvel at how prophetic this is!
Frig! I have given up hunting for the vid on the net (YouTube sucks, for the first time -- at least I'm not looking for Bob Marley vids), but here are some links to guide the crude amongst us: MemphisRap and WBOC.
I'll keep looking.