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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Oh, Rudolph...

By Tom Toles

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Red all over

Okay then! Saddam Hussein had a copy of the Quran written in his own blood! This two-year-long project cements his place in history as a crazy person, if any cementing was still required. And as the evil that men do often lives beyond them, he has bequeathed an item that nobody has a clue what to do with.

Sacred? Or sacrilege? Save, or destroy? Way to confound us AGAIN, you wily old murderer! It is as perplexing and morally ambiguous as the whole history of U.S. relations with the man. Friend, or foe? Useful? Or dangerous? Better than Iran? Worse? A counterbalance? Worth HOW MANY innocent lives to get rid of? A sacred text written in tyrant's blood serves as a perfect, if unwelcome, reminder that those who say that the world neatly divides up into good and evil will have a hard time finding a tidy spot to put everything.

Which will explain why this book will soon disappear from view, one way or another. --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | December 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
 
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jonroesler: well put.

Posted by: redhead1990 | December 22, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

jonroesler...hear.hear...

Posted by: bertzel | December 22, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

~~~Of course, Hussien had the bloody thing made because of the controversy it would bring.~~~

Who's to say what his reasoning was..perhaps he was "playing God".

It should be burned. Ritualistically, of course.

Posted by: bertzel | December 22, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by jhnnywalkr - "Ah, but isn't it also against the rules to destroy a Koran?"

Yes, thus the controversy.

Of course, Hussien had the bloody thing made because of the controversy it would bring.

But I would argue (despite being christian), that something that is forbidden in Islam is not sacred and therefore can be disposed of.

Posted by: duke5 | December 22, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody in politics make mistakes? Ever?
Is it possible, just possible, that the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act was a horrible, stupid, painful mistake?

On taxes, why is it that giving money to poor people does not stimulate the economy, but giving money to obscenely rich people does stimulate the economy?

Why do we talk about CEOs as "creators of jobs," when the biggest bonuses paid to CEOs are the results of slashing jobs in order to show short-term profits on paper?

When, exactly, did we suspend the law of supply-and-demand, in which jobs are created by a demand for goods and wealth is earned by the labor of supplying those goods?

Why are corporations considered "persons" for purposes of free speech and unlimited campaign contributions, but stop being "persons" when it's time to put them in jail (or revoke their corporate charters) when they kill people or damage property?

Why is the fact that an obscenely wealthy madman wrote something in blood anything other than one more morbid curiosity?

Posted by: jonroesler | December 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

If you serve money, you keep the damned thing.

If you serve God (Allah, in this circumstance), you destroy the damned thing.

Posted by: duke5 | December 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ah, but isn't it also against the rules to destroy a Koran?

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

" "What is in here is priceless, worth absolutely millions of dollars," said Sheikh Ahmed al-Samarrai, head of Iraq's Sunni Endowment fund, standing near the towering minarets of the west Baghdad mosque that Saddam named "the Mother of All Battles". Behind him is the infamous Blood Qur'an, written in Saddam's own blood. "

" "It was wrong to do what he did, to write it in blood," says Sheikh Samarrai. "It is haraam [forbidden]." "

So it is quoted in the article that you link to in your blog, both statements from the same man.

It is clear to me that what to do with this priceless abomination depends upon what God you serve.

If you serve money, you keep the damned thing.

If you serve God (Allah, in this circumstance), you destroy the damned thing.

Posted by: duke5 | December 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

yeah, Here Comes Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindear are ok Christmas songs...My favorite has always been Little Drummer Boy tho

Posted by: bertzel | December 22, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in Congress have been so bad the last ten years now the people who voted for them reap the spoils of no jobs and no presents from Santa and if the Republicans got everything they wanted there wouldn't even be a lump of coal for people to heat their homes.
Posted by: billybeer6

My Reply,
I corrected your spelling so that your post would be consistent with reality.
I am thankful that the Republicans did not preemptive attack Russia and start World War Three because they have "weapons of mass destruction" just like us.
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | December 22, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Santa needs to go on a diet and lose some weight. Look at it this way. Rudolph gets to have all the magic dust to himself! Ha Ha

Tom~~~Saddam should have taken the book with him to meet Allah. You know Muhammad wanted to take his rock with him to Heaven. That would of made the Israelis happy.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | December 22, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

There ain’t no Santa Claus on the evenin’ stage
There ain’t no way t’ pull the curtain
‘N hide from hunger’s rage
There ain’t no town t’ stop in
There ain’t no time t’ stop in
There ain’t no straw for my horse
There ain’t no straw for my bed
There ain’t no comfort in cold boards
There ain’t no rumours or food for my stomach
‘N someday I’m gonna be saved
‘Cause I gotta eat ‘n drink ‘n breathe ‘n sleep
‘N I’m ah slave
Down in hominy’s grotto there’s ah soul die’n ‘n leavin’
Every second on the evenin’ stage
There’s ah soul die’n ‘n rottin’ ‘n pickin’
Some new kinda cotton
With his fingers broken ‘n his heart ‘n back forgotten
There ain’t no Santa Claus on the evenin’ stage

Captain Beefheart....R.I.P.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | December 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Nice cartoon, Tom!

Posted by: quiensabe | December 22, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

One deer?

Where will the next "Rudolph" come from when we need him?

What happened to "backup?"

No wonder we face so many catastrophic changes and events.

Nobody plans.

Or they do and it stays in the computer and nobody really does anything.

"Yes, we will get a back up rig.."

"Where is it now?"

"Well it is just hypothetical..."

But the oil is real.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 22, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Democrats in Congress have been so bad the last two years now the people who voted for them reap the spoils of no jobs and no presents from Santa and if the Democrats got everything they wanted there wouldn't even be a lump of coal for people to heat their homes.

Posted by: billybeer6 | December 22, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

There is a museum in Baghdad starved for funds that could make good use of that Bible.

Imagine, though, if someone did the same with a Bible and put it on display at the Smithsonian as a work of art. Now THAT would be subversive!

Let's see, there are more bloody dictators running around in the world still alive... hmmm.

Posted by: moore_te | December 21, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Who is pulling the sleigh for the Washington Post Corporation? Mibank or Meyerson?

Posted by: jornolibist | December 21, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I think "CLAUS Corporation" would've sounded more ominous.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 21, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Santa Corporation? Yes, Virginia, corporations are real citizens, and can be trusted to do the right thing, like being patriotic and loyal.

And if you believe that, then maybe you will get what you ask Santa for this Christmas, like a job for your daddy. In reality, dear, corporations bully lawmakers who used to work for true citizens, fellow humans.

But corporations now own lawmakers just like some citizens owned other citizens (then called slaves) in bygone years. And most slaves want to live in the big house, which is why they sell their soul to Santa Corporation which owns it all. Self interest is such a festive quality!

Posted by: 2ericc | December 21, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
He doesn't care if you're rich or poor for he loves you just the same
Santa knows that we're all God's children

Seems out of touch with GOP core values.

Posted by: xdougwhite | December 21, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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