This time it was a little more gruesome as the head of Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam’s half brother and former intelligence chief, was actually severed during the hanging. The other man hanged was Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court.
Sunni leader, Khalaf al-Olayan, is outraged claiming that a head cannot be severed during a hanging and is demanding to see any video to prove that the severing happened during the hanging. It is not known if there is an official Iraqi government video of the execution this time and it’s pretty certain that there were no amateur videos either.
Those present signed documents pledging not to violate the rules or otherwise face legal penalties. All the people present abided by the government’s rule and there were no violations. No one shouted slogans or said anything that would taint the execution. None of those charged were insulted.
It is interesting that people are up in arms about a head being severed. My daughter is learning about irony in language arts. Would this be a good example?