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December 15, 2009

Berlusconi: The New Bush

Filed under: Politics — Rabea Khan @ 7:39 pm
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A cathedral’s replica replaced the shoe but the outcome was the same. A world leader embarrassed in front of the entire world. And the attacker hailed as a hero.

Source: Wikipedia

Silvio Berlusconi is the latest join the list of world leaders who have faced the wrath of a common man. His unpopularity is evident in the support for the attacker, Massimo Tartaglia. Tartaglia’s page on facebook page has attracted over 80,000 fans so far. Comments like “Tartaglia uno di noi” (tartagalia is one of us) are dominating the page.

Unlike Bush, Berlusconi is no instigator of wars. He hasn’t committed any crimes against humanity. But he is alleged to have committed an equally serious crime if not greater. The crime of breaking trust of his people. And he does draw many parallels with Bush junior.

Both are more hated than loved by their countrymen. Berlusconi is a media mogul and has quite a controversial life full of sex, scams and mafia. He was entangled in a sex and politics scandal for allegedly offering a seat in European parliament to an escort. He is been tried for tax fraud. Berlusconi also has been accused of having links with the mafia.

Bush has been the most hated American president in recent history not only in America but in the entire world. Many doubt his rationale for attacking Iraq. Weapon of mass destruction have become a universal joke now. Micahel Moore’s controversial documentary Farenheit 911 points at a hidden personal agenda behind the Iraq war and even connects Osama Bin Laden with the Bush’s family.

They even share a common interest in sports. Berlusconi owns AC Milan, Bush jr co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team. If a contest for Mr World most hated leader is held, it will be close competition between Bush and Berlusconis. Bush junior might just clinch the title in the end, scoring points for universal abhorrence.

But both do have the same policy for the world at large. Here’s a special song dedicated to the two leaders we love to hate.

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October 24, 2009

Dr Strangelove of British Politics

Filed under: Politics — Rabea Khan @ 2:29 pm
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Jack Straw couldn’t have put it more aptly when he called Nick Griffin, Dr Strangelove of British Politics during Question Time on BBC. It was undoubtedly one of the most interesting panel discussions I have ever seen.

For the record, I simply abhor the man called Nick Griffin, for his archaic ideas and hate politics. But while watching Question Time, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. You could see he was jumpy, facing a hostile panel and an even more hostile audience.

One woman called him ‘wolf in a garb of sheep’. Another man began his question by saying “My question is for Dick, beg your pardon, Nick Griffiin…”.  They both got a huge round of applause from other members of audience. It was evident, he was alone in there and he had no option but try answering all the allegations as coolly as possible.

He denied any association with the Nazis or Ku Klux Klan. When pointed that there is video footage of him rubbing shoulders with Stephen Black, he said he was merely sharing a platform with a ‘non-violent’ division of KKK. What a joke!

He should take a cue from the show and accept that Britishers are not with BNP. One cannot win on grounds of racism, anti-semitic views and pure hate for those who are an integral part of the social fabric. He should pack his bags and go to Mumbai, and for sure he will find his soul mate in Raj Thackeray of MNS.

Both Raj and Nick share similar views about immigration, sex education and Islam. It could have been Raj Thackeray sitting there and he would have answered the same allegations (only difference is that he would have spoken in Marathi, as it is against his ideas to use Hindi/English or any other foreign language). They are so alike that it’s not even funny. It’s a shame that they both are against homosexuality; or else they would have a perfect couple.

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