According to MSNBC.com:
According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins at sundown Saturday, NBC News reported Thursday.
The hanging could take place as early as Friday, NBC’s Richard Engel reported.
Though opinions are mixed, it’s probably just as well to do it sooner rather than later. The execution will likely set off a firestorm of violence in some areas, but that will be the case whenever it happens. It’s a necessary step, so get it over with.
It will ring in the new year with a bang, that’s for sure. Lots of them, in all likelihood.
UPDATE: An update to the story indicates that Saddam has been turned over to Iraqi authorities and will be executed tomorrow at the latest.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen today yet (though the time difference means that Friday is nearly over in Baghdad), as I wasn’t expecting the hand-over to occur until just before the noose goes around his neck.