joking about no laughing matter
Fri, 28 Feb 2003 21:49:44 -0500
So there's a whole load of anti-French jokes doing the rounds.
Here's one I've seen a few times today, most recently via
Q: What do you call a Frenchman advancing on Baghdad?
A: A salesman
This strikes me as a very peculiar choice of subject matter for
the pro-War crowd to choose to joke about. It's as if they'd forgotten who
helped arm Saddam not so very long ago... (but before there were weblogs?)
Meanwhile, in other news,
How £1 billion (uk pounds) was lost when Thatcher propped up Saddam
David Leigh and Rob Evans
Friday February 28, 2003
For more than a decade, yellowing paper files in a government
store have hidden the story of the way £1bn of Whitehall money
was thrown away in propping up Saddam Hussein's regime and
doing favours for arms firms.
It took place when many in both the British and US
administrations were covertly on President Saddam's side.
But as yet another war against the Iraqi dictator looms,
what may be the final skeleton in Britain's arms-to-Iraq
cupboard has been uncovered.
Some information about the Thatcher government's duplicitous
record in selling to Iraq emerged in the mammoth Scott inquiry
of 1996. The judge found that although Conservative ministers
had restricted major "sharp" arms sales to President Saddam,
they had also connived at ways round Britain's supposed neutrality.
During Baghdad's prolonged and bloody invasion of Iran in the
1980s, the inquiry discovered, officials shredded documents
after deliberately smuggling Chieftain tank hulls made by the
then royal ordnance factories to Iraq via Jordan.
He may be a monster, but he's our monster.
Or he used to be (that's the trouble with breeding monsters...).