March 05, 2006
Bush at the Gandhi Shrine
After agreeing to help India develop nuclear power in violation of nonproliferation treaties, George Bush visited a shrine honoring Mahatma Gandhi. It's unfortunate that Gandhi was cremated, and nothing remains of him but ashes -- otherwise, most of India's power needs could've been satisfied by attaching a turbine to his body as he turned over in his grave. Matt from Cerulean Blue imagines the dialogue between Bush and the Indian Prime Minister at the gravesite:
"Gandhi...he was in a movie, right? That one about a skinny brown guy? Won a bunch of Oscars?"
"Um...no sir. That was a film about Gandhi. Gandhi was one of the great leaders in our struggle for independence. He prevailed against the military aggression of the British Empire using civil disobedience. He was a pacifist."
Bush looks confused. "Hmm...a pacifist. Gandhi was a rubber tit?"
"No sir. That's a pacifier. Gandhi was a pacifist. He practiced non-violence."
I have amended 'Ghandi' to the correct spelling, Gandhi. Via Dadahead.
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I'm probably a Bad Person for saying this, but I'm very much unbothered by the whole nuclear-power-in-India thing. I know, I know, it violates treaties, etc etc, but in the grand scheme of things I just can't get too upset by it.
I am bothered by the thought of Bush at Gandhi's shrine, though. He doesn't deserve to sully the place with his foul warmongering-ness.
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