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October 24, 2004

Thank God Our Leaders Are Completely Different From Saddam Hussein: The Next Generation

Maybe you've noticed my obsession with the odd similarities between the worldview of the Bush administration and Saddam Hussein. (If not, see here, here, here and here.)

So of course I was struck by this line in the new Bush wolves ad (via The Talent Show, via Atrios)

... weakness attracts those who are waiting to do America harm.

Compare to:

Back in the 1980s, in a relaxed meeting with a group of visiting journalists from the Gulf States, Saddam related an illuminating anecdote. "When I was a child, a man walked through my village without carrying a weapon. An old man came up to him and said, 'Why are you asking for trouble?' He said, 'What do you mean?' The old man replied, 'By walking without a weapon you are asking for people to attack you. Carry a weapon so that no blood with be spilled!'"
-- Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein by Andrew and Patrick Cockburn, p. 104
Posted at October 24, 2004 01:11 PM | TrackBack

Uhmmm, My Lai in Arabic is Fallujah.

Posted by: howlow at October 25, 2004 06:32 AM

"States developing weapons of mass destruction, proliferating them, importing or exporting the scientific expertise, the ballistic missile technology, the companies and individuals helping them don't operate within any international treaties. They don't conform to any rules."
Tony Blair - The Observer, 16th February 2003

Posted by: Trep at October 28, 2004 06:28 PM