I went under the weather last night. Seasonal flu. I hadn't read the morning paper today, nor did I have any intentions of logging on to the PC, but I got so excited with this peculiar piece of news, that I thought I just had to! Minutes ago, I came over to my parents' place and they exclaimed, "Bush is being given the Nobel Prize!"
"What? The Nobel Prize for spreading terrorism, violence and hatred in the world?"
"No, for Peace!"
"Can't be. They would have to be out of their minds."
A little corner in my mind provoked me into stupidity. It reasoned that if a saviour of humanity as great as Pakistan's Abdul Sattar Edhi couldn't so much as qualify for a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, then there was something lacking in the system, and maybe the lobbies in Washington managed to exploit a loophole. Crazy things do happen!
I was pointed towards the newspaper, and the headline read:
"Alwidai Bosa! Bush ko Baghdad mein jootay parh gaey."
(Bunny hug! Bush gets shoe-smacked in Baghdad.)
Urdu readers are encouraged to come up with better translations.
Although I realise that the journalist behaved rather indecently, but kudos, it took guts! I do think, however, that Bush deserves these kinds of accolades, after the kinds of 'face-lifts' he and his government have given the world. I suddenly feel a lot better. Do you?
Copyright (c) 2008 Saadia Malik