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Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by Miss_Tessmucker on 25 February 2003 7:01pm
Someone forwarded me a copy of this letter which Terry Jones (ex python) wrote... when you read it, you can almost hear him saying it.

Quite thought provoking and nice to see he's not sitting on the fence with his opinions!


> Sunday January 26, 2003

> The Observer
I'm really excited by George Bush's latest reason for bombing Iraq: he's running out of patience. And so am I! For some time now I've been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a
couple of doors down the street. Well, him and Mr Patel, who runs the health food shop. They both give me queer looks, and I'm sure Mr Johnson is planning something nasty for me, but so far I haven't been able to discover what.

I've been round to his place a few times to see what he's up to, but he's got everything well hidden. That's how devious he is. As for Mr Patel, don't ask me how I know, I just know - from very good sources - that he is, in reality, a Mass Murderer. I have
leafleted the street telling them that if we don't act first, he'll pick us off one by one. Some of my neighbours say, if I've got proof, why don't I go to the police? But that's simply
ridiculous. The police will say that they need evidence of a crime with which to charge my neighbours.

They'll come up with endless red tape and quibbling about the rights and wrongs of a pre-emptive strike and all the while Mr Johnson will be finalising his plans to do terrible things to me, while Mr Patel will be secretly murdering people. Since I'm the only one in the street with a decent range of automatic firearms, I reckon it's up to me to keep the peace. But until recently that's been a little difficult. Now, however, George W. Bush has made it clear that all I need to do is run out of patience, and then I can wade in and do whatever I want! And let's face it, Mr Bush's carefully thought-out policy towards Iraq is the only way to bring about international peace and security. The one certain
way to stop Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers targeting the US or the UK is to bomb a few Muslim countries that have never threatened us.

That's why I want to blow up Mr Johnson's garage and kill his wife
and children. Strike first! That'll teach him a lesson. Then he'll leave us in peace and stop peering at me in that totally unacceptable way. Mr Bush makes it clear that all he needs to know
before bombing Iraq is that Saddam is a really nasty man and that he has weapons of mass destruction - even if no one can find them. I'm certain I've just as much justification for killing Mr Johnson's wife and children as Mr Bush has for bombing Iraq. Mr
Bush's long-term aim is to make the world a safer place by eliminating
"rogue states" and "terrorism". It's such a clever long-term aim because how can you ever know when you've achieved

How will Mr Bush know when he's wiped out all terrorists? When every single terrorist is dead? But then a terrorist is only a terrorist once he's committed an act of terror. What about would-be terrorists? These are the ones you really want to eliminate, since most of the known terrorists, being suicide
bombers, have already eliminated themselves. Perhaps Mr Bush needs to wipe out everyone who could possibly be a future terrorist? Maybe he can't be sure he's achieved his objective
until every Muslim fundamentalist is dead? But then some moderate Muslims might convert to fundamentalism. Maybe the only really safe thing to do would be for Mr Bush to eliminate all Muslims?

It's the same in my street. Mr Johnson and Mr Patel are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of other people in the street who I don't like and who - quite frankly - look at me in odd ways.

No one will be really safe until I've wiped them all out. My wife says I might be going too far but I tell her I'm simply using the same logic as the President of the United States. That shuts her up.

Like Mr Bush, I've run out of patience, and if that's a good enough reason for the President, it's good enough for me. I'm going to give the whole street two weeks - no, 10 days - to come out in the open and hand over all aliens and interplanetary hijackers, galactic outlaws and interstellar terrorist
masterminds, and if they don't hand them over nicely and say 'Thank you', I'm going to bomb the entire street to kingdom come.

It's just as sane as what George W. Bush is proposing - and, in contrast to what he's intending, my policy will destroy only one street.

Terry Jones
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by rumblefish on 25 February 2003 8:17pm
you know your right it was just like he was saying it, nice analagy but as ever im sure there are people who wont agree and we'll all get into a big heavy debate, but in a democracy we are all entitled to our opinion.
regards Rumblefish
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by Dreamchild on 25 February 2003 8:37pm
That was so great a I will have to copy and paste that one..Mr Bush is a joke and a war momger..Its time for peace he has not justifcation for what he is doing and quite frankly it scares me to be liveing in the country he is in charge of I will be damed if my husband will be fighting any drity little battle that fool can think of,and what should I till my son about his place I am so proud of because of what we stood for in the begining but at the moment am extermly disapointed in..

Much Love,
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by Crutchgroovin on 25 February 2003 9:47pm
I tip my hat to Terry Jones. I couldn't agree more. I still can't believe I live in a country where I have to call that man the president.
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by Eloise on 25 February 2003 10:38pm
Two words- lots of sarcasm! Damn, that's 3!
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by Rusted on 26 February 2003 8:23am
Heh heh...Terry makes me sniggle.
It's like watching his videos on the Crusades, Ello...lots of witty sarcasm that makes you chuckle.

Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by Miss-M on 26 February 2003 8:32am
Sniggle, eh? Is that like a cross between snicker and giggle? *Hehehe*

Michelle :)
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by michellewinn on 26 February 2003 10:34am
Terry jones is telling it just the way it is,but as long as we keep putting our views across, we can only hope that sanity will prevail. We as a population have to put a stop to all this madness, havn,t we learned by past mistakes ? I think we have so lets use what we have and make ti loud and clear to Bush and to Howard that it is not on. Power to the masses

I have to much to live for!!!!

LOL and heaps of peace-all we are saying is give peace a chance

MAC xxxx
Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by sleepydumpling on 26 February 2003 12:00pm

This was sent around at work (I work for Brisbane's public library service) and it's a corker. Illustrates the point simply and effectively, and I am sure it would make a lot of people think!

There was an article in the Sydney Morning Herald when Michael was here (which I have been unable to find since to be able to share it) but he spoke of two families, a Muslim one in Egypt, and a Christian in Kansas in the US, and how they probably fear one another, but they're actually very alike. I wish I could find it to share with you!

Those Pythons really know how to make a point in a simple, straightforward manner!

Re: Terry Jones Letter to the Observer 26th January by ellenpc on 26 February 2003 1:37pm
Agreed, Terry's article really made sense!! :-}}

BUT did you know there is a second article that he wrote a week or two later also at the Observer site, this time about Bush, Saddam and the Irish!!?? Equally as good if not better!! :^}


Rock On Terry!!! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

I've said it before and I'll say it again.. "God, I love that man!!" oh and you too Mike, umm...... err ......

Ellen x

P.S. Isn't the 'Crusades' proggie just brilliant Mary??? :^}}}
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