This article originally ran in a student publication on January 25, 2003, under the title " False Advertisement". Abu Shreek was trying to address those drinking the White House Kool-Aid.
In the wake of a natural disaster that wiped out 150,000 human beings, relief efforts from all over the world are gathered. But leave it to the so-called celebrities to capitalize on a massive human tragedy to gain some face time. From telethons featuring third-string performers to that basketball player who punched a fan in the face on the basketball court, the disaster presented an opportunity to improve image and show some compassion to real-life issues just like us normal people.
Which brings us to the question: Isn’t it about time to start a campaign to raise money for all these Iraqi victims? And no, I do not mean those who fought and are still fighting against the
American authorities are refusing to declare an official number of the Iraqi death toll during the Iraq occupation, but estimates range from 15,000 to 100,000, and these people’s fault was not that they threatened the United States by any means — their fault was that they lived under a dictator who was a long-time ally of the United States just like lots of other third world countries, the only difference being that Saddam overstayed his welcome. And as a quick reminder,
What about starting a relief fund to repair, restore and retrieve the priceless ancient ruins and historic sights all over
Here is a little story on the side: (I) have a bottle of dental mouthwash sitting on my sink with a label that reads, “Now clinically proven as effective as floss” and in fine print, which I never neglect, “against plaque and gingivitis between the teeth.” Unfortunately, after I bought it in favor of other brands based on that claim alone, a court ruling indicated that this label is a public health risk and must be removed. I just want to thank the makers of dental floss who took the mouthwash manufacturer to court, fearing that the claim that mouthwash is as effective as flossing could affect the dental floss market and hence saved me from a possible health risk. You would expect that such protection is provided by the Food and Drug Administration. Obviously the FDA is becoming as sloppy as other three-lettered governmental agencies, which I cannot openly criticize because I do not prefer to spend my spring break in
The moral of the story here is that if you bought into the
On the other hand, I understand that the
The highly anticipated Iraqi election is going to be held under martial laws and under the supervision of
“Ya Saddam ya 7abeeb, othrobb othrobb Tal Abeeb”