Saturday, December 30, 2006

A rack’s a dam and all that stuff

We all knew it was going to happen, of course, but the execution of Saddam Hussein has finally come to pass.

President Bush, we are told, was woken from his sleep (he went to bed at 9pm West Texas time) to hear the news. Wouldn't you think that as leader of the free world he might have stayed up a couple more hours for this momentous occasion? An occasion that has come around due to Bush Jr's illegal war-mongering, invading a country on false pretenses, solely to take revenge on the man who wanted to assassinate the first President Bush.

It's no secret that I think Bush is a cunt. Ditto Blair. A prize pair of cunts, the two of them. And it should go without saying that I have no love for Saddam. He was not a nice man. Did he deserve this fate? Well, maybe yes, maybe no.

Say what you like, though, he went to his death like a fucking hero. And that's how he'll be remembered. Those last few minutes of his life that we've all seen on the news today will live forever. We can only hope that we meet our own deaths with such courage.

And speaking of being remembered... Former Labour party minister Tony Benn said on the 2pm news here today that Blair will be remembered only for doing whatever Bush said. In other words, he will be remembered for being Bush's bitch. What a legacy.

We are the West. We bring freedom and liberty to oppressed nations.

If I may borrow from a film I recently watched: "Stuff it up your arse for nothing, and fuck off while you're doing it."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't that be 'We are the West and we only bring freedom and liberty to oppressed nations when there's something in it for us.' Wise words from Tony Benn he was a true Labour man. Hope you had a great Christmas *.

30 December, 2006 14:59  
Blogger Red said...

Here's what Robert Fisk has to say about it.

30 December, 2006 15:30  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

Withnail and I. One of my top ten films ever.

Blair/Bush deserve the same fate. They are war criminals.

30 December, 2006 16:14  
Blogger Tanya said...

it's ironic that Saddam was executed for crimes against humanity when much of the western world views the death penalty as inhumane

30 December, 2006 18:12  
Blogger Radmila said...

Something the west will never comprehend is that some areas of the world cannot function in a democracy. There are too many zealots, fundamentalists and xenophobes living pushed up against each other which makes "freedom" of speech, or just general "freedom" difficult.
In my opinion, this inability to understand that the whole world cannot function like the why it's easy to sell westerners on the whole "democracy" as a reason to invade and occupy a country.
Western left-wingers are easily sold on this illusion of democracy, and the west is free to attack based on this for whatever hidden agenda they have.

I cannot be convinced that total democracy actually exists, since we are manipulated by all kinds of dogma, media "handling" of news, and news as entertainment mentality. The high rate of the under-educated makes it easy for politicians to push forward imperialistic policies wrapped up in feel good illusions of "helping" countries seen as backwards toward living like we do...which is ridiculous when you think about it.

30 December, 2006 22:02  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

Radmilla makes a good point. Iraq was not ready for "democracy". At least, not the enforced kind, courtesy of George Bush.

There are many countries in the world at the mercy of savagery and disease. The Western brand of political organisation is not necessarily the best template.

The Russians got some kind of freedom but are now reverting to an oligarchy identical to the Communist years in all but name.

In the end, societies get more or less what they want.

30 December, 2006 22:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh so it happened did it? Thank the gods for blogs. I would never know anything. I guess he probably didn't get a chance to read my letter.

30 December, 2006 23:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I woke up to the news yesterday..
And i felt so sad..

Not for him..
but for us.

31 December, 2006 15:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


31 December, 2006 17:46  
Blogger Alex said...

Happy New Year!

From Alex & Suzanne X

PS, bit early I know but by the time the clock strikes 12 I intend to be incapable of rational thought, much less typing! :)

31 December, 2006 18:24  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

Happy New Year!

31 December, 2006 23:46  
Blogger ems said...

I couldn't watch it. As soon as John Simpson said there were going to be distressing pictures I shut my eyes and clamped my hands to my ears like a child.

01 January, 2007 17:50  

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