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Weekend of world-wide events

Saturday was the work Christmas party which I was roped in to organise (because no-one else was going to do it). It actually went pretty well; there were no major dramas, the food was really good (especially for the price), and after my initial concern about what was happening with the alcohol (not my problem, but I was worried anyway) everything seemed to settle down. Especially after I downed a glass of white wine (which I never drink) to dull the pain. :)

Apart from the few nay-sayers (complaining that the evening was a bit flat because there was no music (there actually was, but it was so noisy that you couldn't tell)), everybody seems to have had a pleasant time. In other words, I didn't botch it. Yay me.

Sunday was lunch at McDonalds (because I was feeling a little seedy due to a wicked combination of white wine, champagne and vodka-and-lemon) followed by role-playing. That wasn't the interesting part.

The interesting part was turning on the TV just before brushing my teeth to see a live CNN broadcast claiming that Saddam Hussein was captured, alive and uninjured.

Saddam Hussein.

I'm dubious, you have to understand, but I feel somehow... vindicated? That's the wrong word. More relieved. Relieved that a man who affected so many, including in a round about fashion myself and my family, may very well be in a position to not hurt anyone anymore.

And the realisation that one man had so much power and influence over so many people - that really, it was him that drove my family out of our home and to another country. Sure, it wasn't that dramatic at the time, but that seems to be the core of it. My mild-mannered brother was so incensed by this that he taped a picture of Saddam Hussein under the toilet seat so that he could have something to aim at. And we were only minorly influenced by him. I can't even imagine the horrors faced by those closer to his direct sphere of influence.

Sure, it might be a body double (I know enough that it is really difficult to do a comprehensive DNA analysis of someone under the best conditions, let alone in 14 hours in the desert, almost certainly not in a molecular biology laboratory), and sure, someone just as bad if not worse may take his place in the power vacuum created, but... Saddam Hussein.

I don't know how I feel, all I know is that one of my childhood fears has been aleviated.


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Dec. 14th, 2003 05:32 pm (UTC)
I was standing next to your brother when this was annouced on FOX. He has a very simmilar sentiment to your self and it is something that I can empathise with, but not fully appreciate as I was not in your position.
There is the cliche: 'what goes around comes around' and in many cases it is true.
My father was involved in a massive automotive accident when he was in the navy (passenger) he was in a bad way on new years eve.
With both his legs broken the doctor on call for the hospital was at a party and make him wait 8 hours before turning up to treat him. The damage was so bad they were going to amputate his legs, but did not.
My father has always held this doctor in distain, he is a famous doctor who rose to prominance in the late 80s and early 90s which only fueled his anger. my mother always told dad that he will get his day. well that docotor can no longer practice in australia and is no longer as prominent as he was.
All this has made my father happy, and he never had to do anything about it.
I hope you find comfort in this as I hope your brother does as well. there is no shame and I hope that you have many more happy days. as i could not understand what it is like to be evacutated out of my house.
Dec. 14th, 2003 07:56 pm (UTC)
So how do you feel about Bush still being free to roam the earth?
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC)
Free to roam the earth? That doesn't worry me too much. Free to rule a country and send it to war without any basis? This is what bugs the hell out of me.

I think we should have a dictator park, much like a wilderness reserve, where we can throw unruly world leaders to roam naked without any tools. And make sure they never escape. That way, they can spend all their time having their endless little pissing contests without bothering anyone else.
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:16 pm (UTC)
"Please do not feed the tyrants"
Best. Idea. Ever.
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmmm...
Ewwwww. I can think of several world leaders that I'd like to avoid seeing naked...

The dictator park is a good idea, though. I recommend finding a deserted piece of rock in the asteroid belt - somewhere far away from here.
Dec. 14th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmmm...
Ok, so the park has REALLY tall and yet solid/opaque walls...
Dec. 15th, 2003 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmmm...
well you could use 2 layers of glass or some other polymer with liquid crystals between. if you dont want to see it is black if you want to see it is clear.
Dec. 16th, 2003 12:58 am (UTC)
mm.. goddy style.

*looks around*

I just had to post that.

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