Friday, July 21, 2006

Um, Jailer, there's a fly in my soup

Talk about complaining. People say I complain too much about too many things but maybe it's because there are things to complain about. I must say that if were on trial for crimes against humanity I'd probably not complain about the food. Charles Taylor disagrees. Taylor, on trial in The Hague for 11 counts of crimes against humanity for backing rebels who raped and mutilated civilians during a brutal 1991-2002 civil war in Sierra Leone. He might be crazy but he's not crazy about the food he's being served. Taylor says through his lawyer that it's too "Eurocentric." Maybe someone should explain to him that if you're on trial for crimes against humanity maybe the type of sandwich you eat isn't really that important. Zagat's reportedly got a low opinion rating sent in by Taylor about The Hague. "If on trial for war crimes, it is to be avoided," he said of the Netherlands.

This is after Saddam has also complained about the food he gets in his little cell in Baghdad. Another masss murderer who wants to send the soup back because it's not flavorful enough. Maybe before they ordered the mass executions of men, women and children they should have thought at least about the impact on their diet since they no thought to, you know, the actual mass murder. There was also rumors that at Nuremberg Nazi war criminals gave only one star to their prison food.

So the next time you think I'm complaining too much or too loudly just remember I'm a amateur compared to the pettiness and crankiness of war crime defendants.

BONUS POST: The question is repeated endlessly whether Israel's response to being attacked and invaded by Hezbollah, a large part of the Lebanese government, is "proportionate." It's not a question whether the Israeli response is proportionate to the attack on it but rather is it proportionate to the threat. After years of giving a proportionate response attacks it is now giving a proportionate response to the threat. Good for them and the world.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Charles Taylor? You mean friend and business partner of Pat Robertson who lectures us on sin and greed and whether we deserve God's protection? Pat Robertson who takes money from people who can't afford it, doesn't pay taxes on it and invests in shady mining deals with the massively corrupt Liberian butcher?

I've got soup for Charley - a really special soup, but no soup for you Mr. Robertson.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous utah desert rat said...

If I were these guys I'd be more worried about NOT having a food taster than the food itself!

What unbelievably clueless arrogance.

I have a little concoction for them to try......

4:21 PM  
Blogger Notromemos said...

If war were proportionate it seems the result would be a stalemate. In a game of chess at least a good conversation may have been had. Anyway Hizbollah have been bragging so now it's time for a little test. I suppose they are going to run or get their ass kicked. I bet they run and that will prove the disproportionment.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Here's a cool blog about the conflict from people who are actually in the conflict - as opposed to blowhard armchair quarterbacks thousands of miles away commenting from the luxury of their couches.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

I'm a blowhard from the comfort of my chair - not couch.

And here's the $64,000 Intellectual Insurgent - what would it take, that is what are hezbollah's "demands" that need to be met for them to stop rocketing Israel and kidnapping soldiers on a regular basis. What would be sufficient for Hezbollah to cease fire forever? The answer is no Israel. That's why Israel is fighting a near full-scale war. Talk about armchair blowhards. The debates here in the U.S. sound like some college classroom debate. In the real world countries are threatened with extinction. Israel has the capacity to defend itself from this and uses it. Plain and simple. All the rest is blowhardness.

10:33 AM  

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