|Not taking 'yes' for an answer|
Every self-respecting male hates to hear the word 'no', but George W. (not
beating around the) Bush is not like ordinary men. When it comes to Saddam
Hussein, George is just refusing to take 'yes' for an answer.
After the cycle of self-serving United Nations debates
over Iraq, the members of the
UN Security Council had to make a choice between vilifying the US and looking
like they actually had some relevance. To vote against the US would have given
them the satisfaction of kicking the world's most successful democracy but to vote no
(and have the US ignore them) would have shown them to be corrupt, irrelevant
rabble. The dogs of war decided to play the lapdogs instead of bull-terriers.
So the UN made their demands of Iraq and Saddam agreed at the eleventh
hour, in a petulant five page he-said-she-said letter in which he called Tony
Blair a lap-dog of the US.
The funny thing is that Saddam's agreement has not put the war on
hold. It's still bombs away for the the US, who has formally approached Britain
for military support, and
Johhny (war-works-for-me) Howard has recalled the SAS from their unsuccessful
search for Osama in Afghanistan.
The SAS are in for a treat - a few weeks home with the missus, Christmas
dinner, mopping up after the coming terrorist attack in Australia, and then off to
the Middle East to kick
some Iraqi butt in the new year. It doesn't get much better than that.
Saddam should be easy to find when they go to Iraq. They just need to grab
the guy whose picture is on every billboard and TV in Baghdad. And if they
don't get to him before his own people do, they shouldn't bother. He's the one
thing the Iraqis hate more than Americans. There'll be nothing
Back in the West
though, it's a pity that feminism is dead. We could
have found a few desperate feminists to form a protest outside The Whitehouse
and chant "What part of 'yes' don't you understand?"