All entries for Sunday 15 October 2006
October 15, 2006
Writing about web page http://www.rjayco.com/DeckOfWeasels/
I came across this the other day, a set of cards parodying the US Army’s playing cards of the Iraqi leadership. Basically these cards are called the Deck Of Weasels and are published by a pro-conservative American website. Each one of an enemy of America complete with incriminating quote or description to stir the red-blooded patriots to action. In some cases it does work to an extent:
Unfortunately it soon begins to unravel. For instance, the site lists the ace of spades, the numero uno bad guy, as…
Well, the French annoy Americans and possess weapons of mass destruction so I guess you could justify that. But how about those Ruskis?
Yes, because Don Rumsfeld never shook hands with Saddam… oh, hang on!
The rest of the cards are just silly. Obvious targets like Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore, and Jesse Jackson are joined by Republicans
like Howard Dean who didn’t unquestioningly follow Bush.
In fact reading these cards left me with the distinct feeling this site was some sort of pardoy of conservatives. Each quote seemed perfectly sensible; put together they were forming a broad and reasonable consensus against the Bush administration’s actions. If the intention was to present these people as cowards then, for me anyway, it was doing a really bad job of it!
And then I began to wonder. If I saw these comments as a perfectly fair indictment of Bush’s policy, how was it possible that someone could have been so incensed by them to present them as the work of ‘weasels’? I know seeing the same thing can lead to people having different perspectives on things but to have completely different views? Wow, that’s the power of politics.
And yet to read these makes you wonder how people can think so differently…
Depressing. How are we ever going to get anything done in this world? We already know the Islamic terrorists aren’t going to listen to reason, and there seem to be those in the west who won’t either. Still, Jeananne Garofalo made this whole sorry discovery worthwhile…