Saddam and George debate? The funniest thing I've heard yet


Imagine. A debate between Saddam Hussein and George Bush? That would be something, although it certainly won't happen.

Saddam Hussein made his challenge during an exclusive interview with CBS anchor Dan Rather in Baghdad, and Bush quickly responded "No" through his spokesman, Ari Fleischer.

"I am ready to conduct a direct dialogue - a debate - with your president,'' CBS quoted Saddam as saying. "I will say what I want and he will say what he wants.''

In the CBS interview  Saddam challenged Bush to a televised debate via satellite linkup, along the lines of those in a U.S. presidential campaign, the network said.

"This is not about public relations. This is about protecting the lives of the American people,'' Fleischer said. "If Saddam Hussein destroys the missiles that he said he never had ... you've got to wonder what other weapons does he have?''

Talk about two sides that lie. The idea of a debate is a joke, alright.

Both George Bush and Saddam Hussein have something to gain from this little charade. Iraq's tyrant is appealing to anti-war sentiment in the rest of the world. Everyone knows that this war isn't so much about weapons of mass destruction as it is about control of oil, and Bush avenging his father who lives in humiliation everyday that Saddam Hussein remains in power.

In the past several months, the Bush friendly oil companies have pushed the price of gasoline so high that we are soon to break new records. People are under the misconception that higher oil prices means profits and new jobs, but they don't.

The oil companies are salivating knowing that war with Iraq will give them the cover they need to push prices even higher to increase their own profits. They can't wait to get their hands on Iraq's oil fields.

We can't have that come out in a debate.

Secondly, Bush keeps saying he has evidence Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, but it is clear to everyone that claim is just not true. Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations failed to move anyone, except those rightwing fanatics in the United States who are driving talk radio histrionics. Radio demagogues like Sean Hannity continue to rally the war cries of hatred, managing to mix in his usual race-based views and stereotyping to skip over discussion about "facts" and "proof."

And there are other embarrassing questions Bush does not want to answer, especially from a tyrant like Saddam Hussein who wears the stamp "Made in the U.S." on his bloodied history.

What would Bush say if Saddam Hussein asked him to tell people what evidence he has that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction?

What would Bush say if Saddam Hussein asked him to explain how the United States supplied him with much of the poison gas and chemical technology that we now claim exists?

What would Bush say if Saddam Hussein accuses Bush of allowing him to launch a war against Iran, where most of the civilian atrocities were committed?

Bush doesn't need to debate because a debate does him no good. In fact, a public debate is exactly what you don't want when your entire case is based on emotion, demagoguery and fanning the flames of public fear, as the Director of Homeland Security is helping to do these days.

This country is facing a threat from terrorists and we are in a war we haven't and can't even seem to win in Afghanistan. Everyday, we are reminded the terrorists are out there and if it weren't for Saddam Hussein, Bush would have nothing to distract us from that fact that we have failed to finish that war on terrorism and might never finish it.

And, there's nothing better to distract Americans from the other big failure, our down-spiraling economy and the president's inability to make it right.

The issue of a debate is a joke, alright. But the joke is not simply about Saddam Hussein.

Ray Hanania' writes a twice weekly column on Middle East affairs that is distributed by Creators Syndicate. Hanania can be reached on the internet at www.hanania.com.


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  11 Comments   Comment

  1. Siti Z from Singapore

    To John Norman - I borrow yr own words ..

    The Iraqi people do not count, the Iraqi lives have no value and are, intrinsically, meaningless, as far as Bush and his warmongers are concerned.

  2. Ahmed from Morocoo

    Re: 11047

    Alex

    there is a Moroccan proverb which goes :

    A camel never sees his own hump, but those of his brothers are always before him.it really fits that psycho John and his mental case.

    if he thinks that Saddam is a butcher,then I am 100% he believes that Bush and sharon are both men of peace.

  3. Alex from usa

    Way to go Normon... what a description of Saddam...

    >> megalomaniac psychopath, a butcher, a killer, a mass murderer, a fascist-nazi ala Michel Aflaq, a communist, a Stalinist, a totalitarian pyromaniac >>

    I'd love to see your description of Sharon and Bush.

  4. john norman from uk

    Strange: If this war is to be about oil - and I don't think it is - then the argument given was that the price of oil would come down and not go up. Someone has got to be wrong.

    No, the real reason for this war is that Saddam is a megalomaniac psychopath, a butcher, a killer, a mass murderer, a fascist-nazi ala Michel Aflaq, a communist, a Stalinist, a totalitarian pyromaniac who doesn't care onw whit about his people or how many of his people die in the pursuit of his goals. His people do not count, their lives have no value and are, intrinsically, meaningless, as far as he is concerned.

  5. Amin from USA

    If the world could see how much both were idiots maybe it could help some of you saddam lovers to see the truth and stop pointing the finger at America

    likewise maybe some of You Bush lovers would recognize how stupid he really is.

  6. Montana Skies from USA

    Saddam: We were doing so well in the 80s; one hand washes the other. You hated the Iranians, I warred on them and beat them back with your tactical help. Man, I did such lucrative business with your Chemical companies, I thought we were doing OK. Why this change of heart?

    Bush: Disarm or I'll shock and awe you.

    Saddam: Well what about the 13,000-page weapons dossier I handed the UN, which you then purloined and cut down to 8,000 pages; what did you take out of it?

    Bush: Disarm or I'll nuke you.

    Saddam: Alright, what about the human rights issue; there are abuses all over the world. Why just Iraq? Why not China, South America, Egypt, Jordan and Israel?

    Bush: What! How dare you? Disarm or I'll carbonize you.

    Saddam: Hmm, Ok, you keep citing I violated 18 UN resolutions; here's Israel with 29 outstanding resolutions against it, any thoughts on the matter?

    Bush: this is unacceptable.

    Saddam: fine, I'll disarm; but I want America's word before the world that Israel will shed its WMDs so that it will not be the only dominant nuclear power in the Mid-East, fair enough?

    Bush: now look here: leave Israel out of it; she's our friend, and she can do NOTHING wrong. The coalition of the willing wants you to disarm.

    Saddam: the UN humanitarian agencies are foretelling untold misery, disease and killing if you launch war. Economists and statisticians are predicting global economic chaos, foreign policy analysts are likening post-war world events to a lit powder keg. This doesn't faze you, are you not concerned, do you even have any contingencies?

    Bush: I got it all under control. I'll worry about it later on. I cannot be bothered with these trivialities while I am building this empire. You're a bug, you and your people; I'll squash you and make an example of you to your Aerab friends -starting with your Palestinians.

    Saddam: Well, have it your way. What I don't understand is why am I standing here alone and you're surroun

  7. Usman from U.S.A

    I would love to see a debate televised for the whole world. It would turn to be story of the century. People all over the world would see two leaders debating this issue. It would be the most entertaining history that I would get to see in my lifetime. Truly Remarkable IF IF IF they pull it off. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD!!! PLEASE GET THIS MESSAGE ACROSS TO EVERYONE. Every ANTI-WAR and PRO-WAR to support it. The one who doesn't agree has something to hide for the whole world to see. President Bush should have been very quick in accepting his offer. Saddam clearly seems confident in debating president bush.

  8. D.Albizu from USA

    Oh! for Allah.This man is insane.This insane crusader needs to leave the presidency.Since the first time I saw him I knew we were headed for trouble.What I was far from imagining was the magnitude of the trouble. This man is using decent unaware, CNN brainwashed Americans as an excuse for his own purpose, what he fails to realize is that he is being used as well and the American reputation is used sweep the debris he is leaving behind.May Allah help US.

  9. Nadeem Ali Syed from Australia

    Since I have heard it, I couldn't stop laugh feel sorry for Mr Bush,

    All he is doing just to make pieces of this word

    Why don't you people understand there will be no massae after him? There will be no massae???????.