laupäev, detsember 30, 2006

Saddam's Death = John-John Squared

Remember the 1990s? We lost two of our most beloved celebrities, John F. Kennedy, Jr., the genetic embodiment of America's post-war high, and Princess Diana, who made anyone anywhere want to listen to Bananarama and go water skiing. Women drooled over steamy photos of JFK Jr. bearing his bare chest and men sheepishly peeked at Di's bikini in any number of tabloid photographs. And then they were both dead - John John took not only his life but his wife's and her sisters in a plane crash off Martha's Vineyard. Di died in a car crash in Paris. And we all partied on like it was 1 9 9 9.

But these are the Oh Ohs, dear souls. These are the times that try men's souls. Is it a decade of catastrophe? I am not sure. So many are not here that were here before. But it is a decade for scratching your head. In 1999, the film South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut was released. Saddam played a central role. Today, he was hanged. He exists no longer. And, as a bonus, the Iraqis got it on tape. And, suddenly, those old jokes aren't quite as funny anymore.

A big wave comes and carries away thousands after thousands of lives. A big storm comes and sinks one of America's most culturally significant cities. And, so long ago, two planes came and topple two of New York's most prominent office buildings. None of it made any sense. Everywhere are corpses, but sanity? It's nowhere to be found.

Inside ourselves we used to feel, at least, a modicum of stability. But now, if they told you that 2+2 = 5, you might start to believe them. Up *could* be down if the right people told you so. Dreaming *could* be awakening. All I have are the same pictures and text you are looking at. Change it to say, "Saddam's death sentence commuted" and show some photos of him alive and he'd still be alive to most people.

How am I supposed to feel about this? What am I supposed to think. The only honest answer I can come back with is nothing. Saddam was a murderer, but his execution doesn't change that, nor does it bring justice. It's just another heavy noose in history. They hung the gang that assassinated Lincoln too, but it couldn't bring back Lincoln. Oswald was shot in Dallas, but it couldn't bring back Kennedy. They hung the criminals of the Nazi regime but it didn't bring back 12 million people. Lavrenti Beria died a Trotskyite death, but his victims sat rotting in unmarked graves. No matter how hard we try, we cannot bring them back, dear readers. Eye for eye isn't a fair trade, it just means two guys are missing eyes instead of one. I am not a religious man, but sometimes I wonder what God would say about all of this. Most times I think he would just shrug his shoulders.

7 kommentaari:

Anonüümne ütles ...

dead US soldiers' number will reach 3000 today.

Jens-Olaf ütles ...

No death penalty. I am against it. His duty is to answer the questions of the victims and those ones who survived. But no answer anymore, questions will stay unanswered.

Kerho Ukkonen ütles ...

The big yap of the former collaborator had to be silenced. It was right from the star a forgone conclusion if there ever was one, and the kangoroo court delivered. The final result, even under a fair trial, might have not been any different but at least it might have been justice. This was just another act in a bad play where all actors are dying one way or the other. Another sad day for the U.S.A. and for the humanity.

Giustino ütles ...

Another sad day for the U.S.A. and for the humanity.

The US is getting old enough now that we have lost track of our original mission statement.

cbr ütles ...

HEAD UUT AASTAT!

Bob ütles ...

We could argue the validity of the death penalty from now on. I suppose that Saddam was as deserving as any of it.

I think it's unfortunate that Saddam got the noose and Josef Stalin died in his own bed (well maybe under questionable circumstances - but). Stalin certainly deserved the death penalty if anyone ever did just for the misery he inflicted upon the Estonian people. He never even had to face a judge for his actions.

Bob

Anonüümne ütles ...

one thing for sure he died a fighter and not a coward for his country against those clonials who murder without mercy not sitting in his office like blair and bush cowards raping and blowing up children and taking whatever resources there are.its blatent iraq today, then who tommorow,putting the [mark of the beast] on the innocent. saddam was the very person the west put in goverment shaking hands and applauding him like all leaders handshake with the west you pay a very heavy price