Thursday, December 08, 2005

Some punch lines go right over our heads

If you have ever had the punch line of a joke flash through your mind regularly, then you may understand. For the last couple of years or more, I keep thinking at odd times of the one about the blonde who went through her marriage ceremony with her hair in curlers. “She was saving her coiffure for the reception.”

I know. Stupid. But that is what can happen with punch lines. Like tunes, they sometimes keep coming back like a song. (groan.)

Anyway, try a little mind game with me. First, pretend that you believed your president and the rest of the Bush League politicians during the run up to the Iraq war. Many of you probably did. But maybe you are among those who had doubts.

Perhaps you are among those who listened to Hans Blix and the UN inspectors on the ground in Iraq reporting regularly that they could find no evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Or you wondered about the truth written by former ambassador Joseph Wilson saying he found no evidence of the Bush claim that Saddam was buying uranium "from Africa.” Or maybe you thought there might be something to what other nations were saying in doubting the imminent threat. In spite of what the League is saying now, there really were many nations of the world with doubts.

No matter. Pretend that you then believed Saddam had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and posed an imminent threat because he would not hesitate to use them. I mean, “He used them against his own people.” Saddam is a tyrant. No, he is a mass murdering tyrant with weapons of mass destruction vowing to stand up to the Bush League and the world. So hold the pretense for a minute. O.K. You believe it.

Now, at what point should your belief be shattered? Keep that question in mind as you play along. One more “let’s pretend.”

This time, pretend that you are Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction and a hatred of America plus a determination to fight and win against any US attempts to invade, depose you, capture, or kill you. I mean, Saddam knew that was what Bush was planning to do if he could. So now pretend you are the murderous tyrant Saddam.

All right, here comes the “shock and awe” bombing of “your” country and then invasion. You, as Saddam, are losing! Your country is being destroyed, your army slaughtered or captured, and tens of thousands of your civilian population are being maimed and killed. And you are Saddam, the murdering tyrant, hating America, with a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, fearing for your life, if not for your country.

That seems to me the point in all the events of the Iraq scenario when the entire world, including the Bush League in particular, should have realized that Saddam certainly did not have weapons of mass destruction.

Think about it. If he had them, why didn’t he use them against the “American Satan” invaders? Was he saving them for the reception? Hell, he’s not even blonde!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a lot of logic to what you say. It is really all about oil, isn't it? Wouldn't you like to know what those oil execs discussed with Cheney years ago when they planned to take over Iraq? But oil execs aren't too smart in military matters, especially concerning militant muslims. They never expected it tobe this tough, I'll bet.

12/10/2005 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't any other person made your point? Thanks.

12/11/2005 6:54 PM  
Blogger Batya said...

I can't get over the fact that he has a fair trial, while thousands of Iraqis were killed by the Americans without a trial.

12/12/2005 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Well, you have a point, I suppose. Why didn't he use them on our troops? I dunno. We do know he had used them before. And we also know that he went to a LOT of trouble to not dissuade us from believing he STILL had them. Your question asks us to suggest a rational reason for the behavior of an irrational, murdering monster. Sorry, I am not insane enough to be able to do that.

12/27/2005 3:48 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

You are right that Saddam had used WMD before. In 1993. So we invaded ten years later to punish him for that? And, yes, he did play it a bit coy about his possessions, but he needed, he believed, to strut in front of the other nations of the region. When it came down to it, he denied having them, allowed Hans Blix and the UN inspection team access to the country, including his palaces. And Blix had made hundreds of inspection visits, surprise revisits, etc., searching for evidence, before we blew Iraq apart in order to search the rubble and rebuild at your expense and mine.

Blix made regular reports to the UN and world about finding no evidence, and was continuing the search. But the Bush League doesn't remember that. They told Blix to get out, that we were about to shock and awe Saddam and disarm him. Now th eBush League says everyone thought Saddam had WMD. No, everyone did NOT.

12/28/2005 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't say that loudly enough nor often enough. Cheney has the hard core supporters believing his lies; so say it over and over and over: Every nation, every person did NOT believe Saddam posed an imminent threat. Not only that, but the Bush statement that the congressmen had the same intel that he had is simply not true, either. So they didn't believe the intel. They believed their president.

1/02/2006 11:14 PM  
Anonymous tomtomtommy said...

I saw Jimmy Carter on Larry King last week and he said he had written against the war and belief in WMD in the NYTIMES before we invaded. Chalk up one more who did NOT believe Bush/Cheney!

2/06/2006 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That all makes so much sense!

2/08/2006 3:33 PM  
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My Gawd, you are right!

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