Thursday, December 28, 2006

1. I don't have much to say on President Ford's passing, though I do remember hearing Ford jokes from the dad of a high school friend. I guess before Bush came along, Ford was known as the dumb president, the guy who couldn't do two things at once. So one joke went like this:

Question: What does Mrs. Ford do when she is not in the mood to have sex with her husband?

Answer: Give him a piece of gum.

2. Now we have George W. Bush, where practically every one of his comments is a ready-made joke. Despite this, however, people still make-up jokes about him, like this one:

Bush Staff member: Mr. President, today's developments in Iraq included the death of two Brazilian soldiers.

Mr. Bush: OH MY GOD! Nooooo. Two Brazilian soldiers!!! This is unbelievable. Now exactly how many million are in a Brazilian?

3. And now for some serious stuff. They say that Saddam Hussein will be put to death within thirty days. Raed and I are guessing that they will kill him either right before or right after the U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 3000, so that they can distract the public and claim a victory.

As of right now, the U.S death toll stands at around 2991. With the current rate of 3.65 soldiers killed per day this month, the U.S. death toll will most likely reach 3000 right around New Year's.

In July of 2005, Raed argued that:

The US administration will bury the executed body of Saddam along with all the secrets we're not supposed to know: All the military support (like the unlimited support for Iraq's war on the Anti-American government in Iran), all the dirty political deals (like giving the green light to Saddam's attack on Kuwait and the following written permissions to the Iraqi government in Safwan to crush the southern revolution in 1991), all the chemical weapons sold to Iraq (like the ones used against Iranians on the war fronts, and Iraqi Kurds in the north of Iraq), and many more political and economical secret deals.

Back then, we were worried and disgusted that a few small cases were going to be brought against Saddam just to quickly finish him off. Of course, occupation supporters had their usual set of excuses at hand. They said that Saddam would be tried for all of his offenses, and that the Dujail case was just the first of many to come. We never had any doubts that Saddam would not be brought to justice, and we are sad to see that his hastened sentence on a handful of charges has proven us right.

In a comment on this blog, Padideh asked why Iranians had not been more vocal about this issue, and I dont have the answer to that.

It is embarrassing that when it comes to the name of the Persian Gulf, Iranians will draft petitions, make google bombs, form groups, variously lobby or boycott organizations, and appeal to international law and history, but when it comes to seeking justice for the Iranian victims of chemical warfare, there is an shocking dearth of action or even discussion.

If I am wrong about this, please tell me, I would love to stand corrected.