Monday, 29 January 2007

Baghdad night on the town

The judicial murder of Saddam was bad, but it could have been worse. The Iraqis can be quite firm in their dealings with unpopular rulers. The last Crown Prince, Abd al-Ilah (picture left), was one such unpopular guy - and with good reason. When Gen. Kassem launched his coup in the late fifties, the Iraqis first machine-gunned the royal family, then hitched the still alive Crown Prince to the back of a truck and dragged him through the streets of Baghdad in joyful procession. The people in the crowd screamed in delight and dashed up every so often to cut off pieces of the body for souvenirs (as one does). First his sexual organs, then both his arms and legs.

The coup leaders laid the corpses out in the center of the city and everybody joyously stamped on them and ran automobiles back and forth over them for hours. Then the Crown Prince, sans arms and legs was hung from a balcony and the crowd went wild and stabbed it with pointed sticks, and people climbed up and whittled off slivers to celebrate. One of the best nights out in Baghdad history. One of his fingers was sent to Egypt’s President Nasser as a gesture of solidarity, who, horrified, had it buried in sacred ground.
Good God! Hopefully Inda wont do that to Bertie if he wins next May.