Saturday, February 04, 2006

I think we have already established that I have a bit of a sick sense of humour so it should come as no surprise how I was tickled by this news on channel 4, the night before last, about Bush and Blair’s meeting about Iraq in January 2003. Basically by then they had decided to go to war anyway regardless of what the United Nations decided and in that meeting they were trying to come up with ways to do this.
What seriously annoys me is that, even though both Bush and Blair are such great liabilities, I still can’t bring myself to dislike them. I want to dislike them as well and so as soon as say, George does something really silly, I think ok that’s it now; I don’t like him anymore. But it never lasts very long because straight away he goes and says another great thing like: ‘The Indians and the Paki's should learn to live in peace.’ Or ‘I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.’ (Umm, I dread to think what he was actually doing when he said that.) or ‘For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we’re going to do something about it.’ or ‘I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.’
I think you will agree that it’s impossible to dislike a man that brings us so much laughter.
It’s different with Tony. He’s not funny. And unlike George Bush he doesn’t give you that sense of the-lights-are-on-but-nobody’s-home so you can’t even feel sorry for him because you think he is a bit dim.
However the thing with Tony is that in his speeches he gives me this feeling that he really believes in what he is saying. Even with the Iraq war I think he actually believed that it was the right thing to do. Now it was either a case of him really wanting to do this and then lying to himself over and over again until he finally fully convinced himself that Saddam had weapons, or he had simply listened George Bush when he had said, ‘The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.’ and had decided that it all made sense. Whatever it was (maybe I’m being a bit na├»ve here but to me) in his speeches about the war, he came across quite sincere. To the point that even I, the Iranian, that make it my business to always be cynical about politicians, started to think that maybe Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and could actually destroy the whole of Britain in forty five minutes notice. I know lying isn’t good and all that but let’s give the man credit when credit is due because he really did a good job in his speeches.
But I think the main reason I can’t dislike Tony Blair is that out of all the people that want to become the prime minister of Britain, he is the least weird! Yes it’s more a case of, in the kingdom of blind, the one eyed man is king or in this case, in the kingdom of crazy, the less crazy is the prime minister. I’m not saying that people of Britain are crazy or anything like that, oh no, far from it, it’s just that unfortunately nobody in their right mind ever wants to go into politics. So Tony Blair may be annoying and a liar and the possessor of the strangest superpower of all; the ability to instantly turn anything he shows interest in from cool to seriously uncool (this is true; he very nearly put Calvin Klein out of business and at one point even the music industry was threatened) but at least he is the annoying liar superhero that we know. Also he is actually quite intelligent and says things like, ‘Ask me my three priorities for Government, and I tell you: education, education and education.’ As appose to his American counterpart, ‘Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?’
In short, these two are like Pinky and the Brain; they might be trying to take over the world, but it’s still impossible to dislike them.

‘I hope you leave here and walk out and say, ‘What did he say?’’ (George W. Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, August 13, 2004)


Behrooz said...

Such a well-documented and researched post. Bravo.

Yet, I really cannot bring myself to laugh at Bush's silly remarks while my teeth are already firmly pressed together of anger.

When it comes to Blair, don't even try me. I never sensed honesty in his words. I followed Iraq's dossier well before the invasion started. He keeps repeating his lies too often in the hope of incaulcating what he well knows is wrong. (I wonder if his nose was to get longer he could ever travel on a ferry while just sitting on deck.)

Dodo said...

One day when I have kids and a house I will make it mandatory for them to sit through Pinky and the Brain marathons.

Brain what are we doing tonight?

amanda kay said...

are you thinking what i'm thinking pinky?

marieh said...

once about two years ago, I visited friends in the US. They had a TV show at 6ish, that came up with a new bushism every day. That day we watched him being asked what he thinks of gay marriage. he answered something that was hard to remember afterwards but it went like'when someone arrives at a wall and climbs over it, he will see that...' shirin you are right, he is entertaining, could we need some TV show like that?I agree with behrooz, its impossible not to feel angry and tense when you think of his agenda behind this stupidity.

Shirin said...

Behrooz, yes, maybe they are more annoying than funny but what I’m saying is that when I have to choose between an alcoholic, a vampire-looking guy that (in the words of Ann Widdecome) has ‘something of the night about him.’ and Tony Blair, (call me crazy but) I’ll go for Tony Blair everytime.
I hope what you said about his nose getting bigger isn’t true; I quite like big noses and I’d hate to see them become uncool ;-)

That’s a great idea Dodo, I might have to do the same thing.

God akg, that made me laugh so much because I just remembered that this was the Conservative party’s slogan for the last general elections! I wonder how I hadn’t noticed it before.

You’re right Marieh, he is very annoying and horrible and all the rest of it but what can I do, the man makes laugh. And all the political comedy sketches about him on telly are very funny as well. I will definitely miss those when he’s not the president anymore.
Thanks for all the clicks by the way ;-)

Anahita said...

interesting....they are a funny pair i guess but it still doesnt take away from how stupid it all u said its a reflection of the voters in some way!

Shirin said...

No but that’s not what I was saying Anahita. I was basically saying that no sane person ever goes into politics so we have to make-do with these weirdos.

Ricia said...

Oh sure, you think he's funny. But then you're reading the int'l section of UK newspapers and that guy's pals don't own the vast majority of your media outlets! Here in Canuckistan, we are subject to nearly every dumbfounding made up word or intageable phrase he delivers. Second in publishing frequency only to the US itself, I'm certain of it. Yikes. I think it took about maybe four months into his first term before I couldn't bare to hear Bush's voice anymore.

Demon children are funny sometimes too.... from a safe and occassional send-em-back-where-they-came-from distance. ; )

Mind you, that Blair fellow is most certainly a more dangerous sort of politician. He does indeed come across as insightful and factual, all the while the content is absurd and highly questionable. Is this a cultural thing or a character thing, do you think?

The difference may well be attributed to speach writers.. Or rather, ones ability to follow the script provided by speach writers.

I'll let you surmise which 'leader' likely does so the least....

Shirin said...

I know Ricia, that must be very hard to deal with. Watching American news channels really makes me cringe sometimes. Maybe one could get used to them after a while but to me they all seem very fake. But you’re right about the demon child thing ;-) I guess I would feel differently about stuff if I had to live in the same country as him.