Monday, May 23, 2005

Bad Guys: Saddam & Santorum


They Might Be Hanes but He's Not Michael Jordan

"PICTURE, n. A representation in two dimensions of something wearisome in three." Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Okay, my turn to say something about Saddam In His Underwear. Here goes: I don't care. A little public humiliation can't begin to compare to the crimes he's committed. And If I can't smack him upside the head myself, I'm glad somebody else did.

I'm betting it's a nearly universal opinion, no matter how politically incorrect. The guy's right up there on the Evil Dictator list with Stalin and Hitler. Some frustrated members of our military obviously agree. And wanted to remind us how much they and others suffered at the hands of this despicable despot. So in a comparatively minor get-back, they let loose some snaps of the monster at bay.

Predictably, there's twittering from all quarters.

Shades of Abu Ghraib, they tsk. Breaks the Geneva Convention, they bleat. We're going to sue, they cry. And my personal favorite: Arab militants will be offended. Oh please. Like they need a reason. Let's remember the atrocities they're only too happy to publish themselves. Balance this: Briefs. Beheadings. Briefs. Beheadings. No contest. They don't get a vote.

Yes, two wrongs don't make a right. Yes, it's wrong to sink to your adversary's level. Yes, righteous arguments lose meaning when supported by inappropriate behavior. Yes, yes, yes: human rights should be respected across the board, no exceptions.

Well, hold on. When we're talking about someone who's evil incarnate, I'm ready to say An Eye For An Eye. Although if that were done, Saddam would be long dead.

Anyway, Rupert Murdoch did it. Let him take the blame.


Speaking of Hitler...

"Politics have always been the systematic organization of hatreds." Henry Brooks Adams

How dumb do you have to be to invoke modern history's nastiest name in furtherance of your cause? About as dumb as PA Senator Rick Santorum, I guess.

It's bad enough Santorum's in league with the devil's disciples in Congress to put radical right wing judges on the federal bench. He's got to embarrass himself-and us-even more with boneheaded references to Hitler and Nazis while debating on the Senate floor.

The ADL's Abe Foxman said "Once again, Nazi imagery was used in a political debate, where it has no place. Whatever your views on the Senate rules relating to the use of the filibuster and judicial nominations, it is inappropriate and insensitive to compare American democratic procedures with actions taken by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party."

Who could disagree with that? And who could possibly forgive such unforgiveable remarks? Can you say "Republicans"? The Republican Jewish Coalition actually had kudos for Santorum's lame apology. "Sen. Santorum is sensitive to the effect of his words and the inappropriateness of the analogy," intoned their executive director.

Sensitive my sweet Aunt Fanny. The only thing he's sensitive to is the political ramifications of his ill-chosen words. If he really had a clue, he wouldn't have uttered them in the first place. And I don't care where your politics lie, you don't defend this bluto. You kick his ass around the block.

Santorum can apologize til the cows come home. His words are out there, hovering like flies on dung.

Can you say, "Congressional Record" Rick?

PS Here's a look at another immature buffoon. Nazi-Schmazi?




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Blogger David said...

good writing, Sally,
Please drop in on my humble efforts sometime soon.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Banana Slug said...

Number 2 indeed.

3:32 PM  

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