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Friday, May 26, 2006

Put to Death for Short Shorts

Posted by on May 26 at 12:49 PM

From the BBC (via Andrew Sullivan):

The coach of Iraq’s tennis team and two players were shot dead in Baghdad on Thursday, said Iraqi Olympic officials.

Coach Hussein Ahmed Rashid and players Nasser Ali Hatem and Wissam Adel Auda were killed in the al-Saidiya district of the capital.

Witnesses said the three were dressed in shorts and were killed days after militants issued a warning forbidding the wearing of shorts.

Other Iraqi athletes have been targeted in recent incidents.

Good thing we freed Iraqis from the grips of tyranny.

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A fatwah against shorts? No!

A fatwah against spandex? Probably justifiable.

Oh no someone tell Brendan kiley to stay away from Baghdad! (it was brendan who slogged about short shorts, right?)

Napolean: Agreed.

Longball: It was Eli Sanders. Brendan, as far as I know, prefers shorts made after the 1970s.

so it looks like the Bushies' religious fundamentalism has really begun to catch on in iraq.

My apologies to Brendan. But my advice stands about not going to Baghdad.

What a noble, soveriegn nation!


I hate to say it but it seems the muslim crazies are pulling ahead in the stupid beliefs front. Our crazies have few centuries of stupidity on them so they have a ways to go.

more signs that we are winning the war, as Comrade Bush has pronounced! All hail our Glorious Leader!

Instead of one brutal dictator that everyone knew about & could direct their rage against, now Iraq has thousands of small-time brutal thugs that no one knows their identity, there's no way to directly impact them, and more people are being killed & tortured


because of it. Wake up & smell the coffee, America: Iraq was better under Hussein than it is now, and probably for the next generation.

Yup, like incest children under a leak-proof roof.

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

"Germany was better under Hitler too.
He kept those germans inline.
We can not have those hooligans running amok in society, as he once said, now can we.
We Americans should of let him finish gassen those nutty hooligans.They woulda brought Germany down."

Fuck- that- shit.
Liberate the Opressed-even if they are fucking crazy. Special Ops motto.

king kong, you are a stupid fucking idiot. i don't use those terms lightly, but you fit the bill.

Yes, thank you, Konstant.

People from all sides of the political spectrum operate under the same assumption as king kong: that "good" acts will have nothing but good consequences while "bad" acts will have nothing but bad consequences. The situation in Iraq shows us the idiocy of those assumptions.

I'm sure the people in the military felt that what they were doing was right: bring down a dictator. Who could argue with that? That is not the case, and we are seeing this on a daily basis. There is de facto civil war in Iraq with all the resultant horrors, and the despicable acts that used to be carried out only under the strict guidance of Hussein's Ba'athist regime are now being done by all involved, including the US military, the very people who went there to end this violence.

The tragedy for the US is that this was all unneccesary. Our current regime pushed very hard for this outcome, breaking as many laws and as many careers and as many people as neccessary to make it happen. Anyone who looked dispassionately at the history lesson of Viet Nam could tell you that the Bush regime was making precisely the same mistakes as the Kennedy/Johnson regime did in the 60's. Not only had they not learned, they were doing the same things with the attitude that the US made _no_ mistakes in Viet Nam, that the result was only due to 'dumb luck' and if we did it all again, we'd all win & live happily ever after.

that's exactly the problem. it a competent executive branch had made a realistic case, based on facts, for overthrowing the iraq dictatorship, and had developed an actual plan, in conjuction with the pentagon, then i would have been okay with it. not super excited, but at least okay with it. instead the bushies use convenient data that they got from dubious sources. then they just go right in, under the INSANE idea that the iraqi people would just love us right away. anyone with half a brain could see that would be a bad idea, which is why it was odd that dan initially supported the idea.

so now we have guys and girls like my sister's fiancee who are over there, with no plan, and no idea how to make things better.

so, yeah king kong, i think we've done a really bad thing. not because we invaded iraq and kicked out hussein, but because we did it with no idea what we would do next.


Is it true?

Can you remember hearing about shorts and Iraq before this post? I cant. Google cant.


I smell propaganda.*

*Use your own brains, it doesnt even hurt (much anyway)

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