Gut Rumbles
 

July 04, 2004

really?

I watched a piece of pure blather on CNN this morning where some news-dude attempted to suggest that Iraq is NOT better off now than it was under the iron fist of Saddam Hussein. He looked at electrical output, oil production, infrastructure and civil unrest and determined, with a long, mournful face, that Iraqis are really in the shitter now, compared to where they were two years ago.

I hurled my TV Brick at the screen. "BULLSHIT!" I yelled.

Hitler made the trains run on time. Was that good for the German people? Yes! Of course! (Unless you were one of those "undesirables" being loaded into cattle cars and hauled off to a concentration camp. Having THAT train run on time was NOT a good thing.)

Germany had law and order under Hitler. If you pissed off der Fuhrer, you were executed on the spot or sent to a concentration camp. Jobs were plentiful, especially in the slave-labor department. Need work? Somebody's got to keep the fires burning in the crematoriums.

The entire point of that report was POINTLESS.

Bejus on a bike. A sadistic dictator who left mass graves all over his country, gassed thousands of Kurds, killed on a whim, starved his own people while lining his pockets with cash and crushed dissent mercilessly was BETTER than what the Iraqis have now? Because the trains ran on time? Because electricity was more reliable? Because the country produced more oil?

Where has our moral perspective gone? I would rather live in a fucking cave and hunt and gather for my subsistence than live under a regime so blood-soaked and corrupt that I never knew when the goons might appear at my door to rape my daughter, feed my son into a shredder and cause me to vanish into the night, never to be heard from again. What good is an "efficient" government if it exists only to oppress the people it governs? I can do without that kind of efficiency.

It's too early to determine exactly what Iraq will become in the next couple of years. That country is experiencing serious growing pains right now. But to suggest that Iraq was better off under Saddam is obscene. That's like saying, "Yeah, Rob beat his wife and molested his children, but after he was locked up, his lawn isn't NEARLY as well-manicured as it was before."

CNN. The most trusted name in news.

Comments

They haven't been drinking kool-ade, they have been SWIMMING in it!
I'm beginning to feel hopeful........the religious left may so discredit themselves that conservatives and moderates,(True moderates,) may gain some REAL power.
Maybe enough to change a few things that have been sooooo badly upended. Like schools. Maybe FuckFace will even have a screaming attack, ala Gore..........
.I would Pay to see that!

Posted by: wes jackson on July 4, 2004 07:27 PM

hey Rob,
where did you get the TV brick? I would love to have one, and maybe even sell them en masse. did you buy it, or make it yourself?

Posted by: John Cunningham on July 5, 2004 01:20 AM

Fuck the news, they are all a bunch of lying scum, much like lawyers.

Posted by: James Old Guy on July 6, 2004 07:24 AM

Who's watching CNN anyway...

Posted by: Alisa on July 6, 2004 09:27 AM

Dammit, Rob! Two more posts like this one, and I might have to put you back on my blogroll.

Posted by: Xrlq on July 8, 2004 08:06 PM

4080 http://www.e-free-credit-reports.com cool eh?

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1870 Thanks so much for all the help to buy ink cartridges

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