French card deck names 'most dangerous' U.S. leaders

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    French card deck names 'most dangerous' U.S. leaders
    Friday, September 26, 2003 Posted: 3:00 AM EDT (0700 GMT)
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    The caption reads: "Head of a baseball club and director of Salem bin Laden's oil company (brother of Osama). Designated President of the United States by friends of his father at the Supreme Court before the vote count showed that he lost the elections."

    PARIS, France (AP) -- The ace of spades? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets the honor in a new French deck of cards. President Bush is the king of diamonds and Osama bin Laden the joker.

    The game takes a jab at the famous deck of cards created for U.S. soldiers hunting down ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and other leaders from the deposed regime.

    "I found it completely indecent to present a manhunt as a game," said Thierry Meyssan, the man behind the French deck. "We thought this card game would allow us to ... explain why we consider the government of George Bush a threat to international security."

    Meyssan is the author of a one-time French best seller, "9-11: The Big Lie," claiming that no plane ever crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, and that the attacks were plotted by a faction within the U.S. military.

    Now, Meyssan said in a telephone interview, he wants to expose "the 52 most dangerous American officials."

    Meyssan heads the Voltaire Network, a left-wing association that put the cards on its Internet site.

    A little over 2,500 decks a la francaise have been sold, at $9.20 each, on the Internet in recent weeks, Meyssan said. There are plans to sell the decks in stores soon and translate them into 10 languages, he said.

    Each card carries a photo of the official and a text explaining the choice. Bush, as the king of diamonds, is described as "the president of a baseball club."
     
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    Hey NT, why does this not shock me ?
     
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    I think they're still pissed about :

    How many gears does a French Tank have?

    6.

    5 reverse and one forward in case they're attacked from behind.
     
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    I think it's funny as hell. I've already bought two decks. How is it that Americans weren't offended by the original deck? This only seems an appropriate response.

    -Bry
     
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    What's to be offended about? Should we have looked at any of these terrorist scumbags as anything other than targets?
     
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    There was also that "Axis of Weasels" card deck...
     
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    What's to be offended about OTHER than converting something presumably as serious as the leaders of a country into a game of poker? To start with, it is symptomatic of the swaggering, shoot from the hip and ask questions later, wild west style that characterizes this innane administration, in the same way as "wanted dead or alive", and "bring them on" were offensive in their High Noon approach to international politics. Making a deck of cards that does the same with the current administration, beside the original, only seems good clean burlesque. What is funny is that it provokes responses like Eric's seemingly self-righteous offering of "why does this not shock me ?" But maybe I read him wrong: maybe he really just wanted to point out that the French version of the deck of cards is not shocking precisely because it is so mind numbingly appropriate. But I doubt it.

    And for the record, most of the Iraquis in the original deck were NOT terrorists, but rather state officials, claims to scumbaggery not withstanding.

    -Bry
     
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    And as "Man of 1951" liked to point out, look up terrorism in a dictionary! These "officials" were collectively involved in terrorizing their own citizens. Yep, that makes them scumbags.
     
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    ...I don't own that deck of cards..but the majority do stand as toilet tissue in my view........Why the deck of Iraqi Scumbag cards was brought up..I didnt bother to read what propted this post...Didn't need too....but will add that the French can sit and make remarks...and have a more sicker sence of humor than we do...They didnt start as a whole people using asswipe till the 60's..(A fact)......I'd also be willing to bet more French are playing with those decks than the U.S...of course with shitty fingerprints stained into them......What a world we live in~~~
     
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    In my opinion, the original deck of cards made of the original Iraqi leaders was a "good idea". All of those pictures on the original deck of cards were wanted for one thing or another (and no, "wild west style that characterizes this innane administration" ~ I disagree with that remark ~ they were not pictures with black cowboy hats, a big chew of snuff, and a hefty 6 shooter on their side).

    They were pictures of various Iraqi officials wanted for anything from terrorism to their knowledge of WMD. A typical soldier serving in Iraq doesnt work an 8 hour shift with two day weekends. They have very little "down time". Some of those soldiers choose in the "down time" they do create to play a game of cards. By putting the pictures of Iraqi "wanted" on cards, they were able to enjoy both down time while at the same time 1) not forgetting their objective and 2) learning the faces of those needed to be found. Those cards were originally only made available to service men/women until the internet picked them up and made copies for sale to the general public.

    If you think about it, how many milk cartons of missing people do you stare at? How many of those people's faces would you remember if you passed them on the street? How many posters hanging in Post Offices/Police Stations would you remember once you left the building? Not many.

    It was not "made into a game" by US officials by placing pictures on a deck of cards.... the only game it can be compared with is "Memory".
     

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