Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Thank god for Tony Blair. Yea, i never thought i would hear myself say those words either. but his announcement today that UK elections will be held on May 5th has meant that the BBC is devoting some of its pope and charles' wedding coverage to actual political news. (and let's hope that the British, unlike U.S. people, punish their leaders for deceiving them into an illegal war, though i wouldn't hold my breath on that one)

We were at the a friend's house when the pope died, and upon hearing the news, we said "oh, finally he died" as in "finally, the poor guy, he seemed to be really suffering in the end there" like we say in Persian whenever someone dies after a long illness "rahat shod".

a lebanese guy at our friend's house who was in town on some USAID mission to "promote democracy" in the region, took our statements the wrong way, and instead of telling us so that we could have the chance to explain ourselves and offer apologies for unintentionally offending him, he proceeded to lecture us about how great the pope was because "he fought against communism".

well, so did osama bin laden, now didn't he?

I'll spare you the argument i had with this fellow about how the pope's fatwas against condoms at the time when AIDS is ravaging Africa and the rest of the world means that he had a role in the preventable deaths of countless people.

but never mind, he fought against communism.

when one of--if not the--world's most theocratic, hierarhical, patriarchal intsitutions becomes the object of uncritical praise for days on end, i feel like i am living in a universe that is entirely different than the one the media is portraying (i wish i was living in an alternate reality)

In the midst of all this, it was refreshing to get an email from my dear friend h.k., who pointed me to Terry Eagleton's piece, The Pope has Blood on His Hands