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South Park Creators Given Signed Photo of Saddam Hussein

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the respect-my-authority dept.

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Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, were given a very special gift by US marines: a signed photo of Saddam Hussein. During his captivity, the marines forced Saddam to repeatedly watch the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut, which shows him as the boyfriend of Satan. Stone said, "We're very proud of our signed Saddam picture and what it means. It's one of our biggest highlights."

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Frostty Piss (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514049)

physics

Huh. (5, Insightful)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514051)

Had no respect for Saddam, but any lingering respect I has for the US Military just died. What a grotesque and reprehensible institution, if this is what they do behind closed doors - the fact that they do worse (torture legally defined in the US as 'anything less than organ failure') doesn't mean that something like this isn't just plain and simply slimy.

Re:Huh. (4, Funny)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514109)

I can't decide whether being forced to watch that South Park movie is better or worse than the crap done in Abu Ghraib

Re:Huh. (5, Funny)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514333)

Worse, obviously. Unless the US flew in Barbara Streisand - then all bets are off.

Re:Huh. (5, Interesting)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514145)

Watch his execution. Oh and if you had any lingering respect for the law. Read up on Saddam's trial. If he weren't so famous saddam would have gotten about 1000mistrials.... before he was hung. Yeah... hung, something you think we'd have given up a loong time ago. But I guess the rules don't apply if you REALLY don't like the guy.

Re:Huh. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514179)

Technically, the past tense of the word "hang" in regards to the execution of a person is "hanged," not "hung."

Re:Huh. (4, Funny)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514223)

Unless he's still swinging.

Re:Huh. (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514555)

You're hoping for "swung".

Re:Huh. (4, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514265)

Hangings still happen [wikipedia.org] in a few states. Agreed with your comment, however, it was distasteful and unnecessary what we did to Saddam.

Re:Huh. (5, Informative)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514477)

hanging is a perfectly reasonable form of execution. it's probably easier to get right than lethal injection or electrocution, given some of the horror stories we've all heard. if the rope is long enough and positioned properly, death is instantaneous from a broken neck.

Re:Huh. (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514591)

In Iraq people get shot which seems fine. Anyways he was hanged as a statement.

Re:Huh. (3, Informative)

54mc (897170) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514303)

Perhaps you're the one who needs to read up on his trial. He was tried by Iraqis, NOT by the US. He was executed BY Iraqis, not the US.

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514389)

His kangaroo trial was conducted by Vichy [wikipedia.org] Iraqis at our urging.

Besides -- if his trial didn't meet our standards, we should have condemned the result anyway. Principles don't have geographic boundaries.

Re:Huh. (1, Insightful)

dafrazzman (1246706) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514531)

Then what? Should we invade nations to stop hangings by force in favor of gas chambers? We need to respect the choices other people make, not micromanage every trial and tell them what seems right from our perspective (plus, hanging is still legal and an option in Washington). What good is establishing a government if we immediately undermine it because of a small disagreement over execution method?

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514569)

No... you should just stop invading nations.

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514597)

The issue isn't the method of execution, but the incredibly sloppy rules of evidence and courtroom conduct. We ostensibly invaded Iraq to liberate its people and bring them democracy. By applying anything short of our own standards of justice, we betrayed both these purported goals and showed our true colors.

We need to respect the choices other people make

So why did we invade at all? Moral relativism is despicable on any day, but there's a special hell for people who use it only to advance their own goals.

Re:Huh. (4, Funny)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514575)

Oi, mate, leave kangaroos out of this!

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514519)

Wow.... I'm going to karma hell for this but... WTF is wrong with you Americans? Have you been SO blinded by the media and patriotism and hatred that you actually believe this? Don't be conned. The US could have stopped the trial at any point.

That's like saying "Hey! I didn't kill him, I just locked him into a small room with a bunch of people who hate them and gave them all guns. Don't look at me". Don't be a fool.

Re:Huh. (3, Interesting)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514547)

Have you been SO blinded by the media and patriotism and hatred that you actually believe this?

Sadly, regarding approximately 30% of the population (which is the Republican approval rating's floor), the answer is "yes". For some people, the craving for an authoritarian father figure, religious zeal, or susceptibility to propaganda supplant reason and lead people to vote against their own interests. The same forces affect (or afflict) every society, but ours has been made particularly vulnerable by media consolidation, poor education, and a history of religious conservatism.

As with many problems, the solution begins with a little political bravery and continues with massive, sustained investment in education and critical thinking.

Re:Huh. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514689)

As with many problems, the solution begins with a little political bravery and continues with massive, sustained investment in education and critical thinking.

Oh most definitely, all the worlds problems can be solved with massive investment in education. That must be why America is such a paradise under the Deomcrats.

Re:Huh. (5, Insightful)

sympathy (1492055) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514587)

Mass Media is God in America. If you even attempt to classify the big networks as "Main Stream Media," thus implying that alternative information or divergent opinion is available, most people will either be puzzled at best or outright distrustful and angry, calling you a fringe lunatic or conspiracy theorist. At least in China nobody has any illusions, they call it what it is: State-run Media.

Re:Huh. (3, Insightful)

Daisy Skye (1459303) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514701)

Wow.... I'm going to karma hell for this but... WTF is wrong with you Americans? Have you been SO blinded by the media and patriotism and hatred that you actually believe this? Don't be conned. The US could have stopped the trial at any point.

Hey, not all of us Americans suck THAT badly.

Some of us do realize that that Saddam's hearing was a puppet trial, and we had to go through something like three different judges before we found someone who'd mod the case the way we wanted.

The whole thing was a complete farce. The outcome of the trial was well-known before it began.

The saddest bit is that there are lots of Americans who like it that way. So much for justice and democracy in Iraq.

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514631)

Perhaps you're the one who needs to read up on his trial. He was tried by Iraqis, NOT by the US. He was executed BY Iraqis, not the US.

That's like throwing a bleeding man into shark infested waters and then claiming it wasn't murder. Its not your fault the sharks got him.

In other words, Saddam was tried by the Iraqis because the US chose that he would be tried by the Iraqis. And the US released him into Iraqi custody for his so-called trial knowing full well that it would be a kangaroo court, and what the outcome would be.

Frankly, I believe the US chose to have him tried by Iraqis precisely because they could have him convicted and executed for more expediently there than in the US.

His trial was a disgusting farce knowingly and deliberately perpetrated by the US. It was on the same level as sending prisoners to secret / foreign prisons for interrogation (torture) -- the US does it precisely to get away with stuff they wouldn't be allowed to do at home. The US is still morally responsible for what happens. They know what will happen. They even take advantage of it.

Re:Huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514507)

Hanging is simple, cheap, and efficient.
You can do it anywhere, it uses no consumable so is environmentally friendly, and is limited only by the availability of a stout beam and a length of rope. Beheading is more effort, and makes a bigger mess, although it can be quicker and you only need an axe.

Seriously, if you are going to kill someone, it is pretty clear that their happiness and well-being are now the least of your concerns.hanging is therefore one of the most sensible methods to use. If I lived in an area where the death penalty was still used, I would be entirely in favour of the use of hanging.

You want real torture? (4, Funny)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514159)

Real torture would be making him watch the last few seasons of The Simpsons.

Re:You want real torture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514283)

I was forced to watch the Hitman movie twice in a row.
In sense that it was playing on long distance bus in a far eastern country while driver ignored protests from crowd.
Luckily I had ipod handy, might've done something violent otherwise.
Be it torture or not I claim having to watch anything you don't want to see more than once at least as a form of punishment. As such I don't think they had the right to do that before trial.

Re:You want real torture? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514515)

Or "Baseketball," which was a much worse, though less Saddam-relevant, movie.

Re:Huh. (0)

thatshortkid (808634) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514185)

well, it's not like the guy treated his prisoners like honored guests. we're not sure whether we're talking wheeling over a tv and posting it outside his cell or if we're talking 'a clockwork orange'-style enforcement.

Re:Huh. (5, Insightful)

Duhavid (677874) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514247)

"well, it's not like the guy treated his prisoners like honored guests"

It's not about how *he* treated his prisoners, it's about us saying and thinking we are better than he, about our ideals. And not living up to that standard.

Re:Huh. (5, Insightful)

Argumentator (1524195) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514267)

The whole idea of calling ourselves civilized (in fact, civilized enough to give ourself the moral right to depose a foreign government due to human rights violations) means that we must be prepared to honor the human rights of even those who deny them to others.

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514195)

My thoughts exactly.

After seeing the comments from Matt Stone and Trey Parker I lost any respect for them as well (and yes, I actually did have some).

What pathetic human beings.

Re:Huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514637)

Well : they gave an occasion to the army to once again prove militaries are a bunch of retards, which was of course successful, like every time they are given this kind of chance.

Anyway, it's still something I'd be pretty proud of, if I were them.

Re:Huh. (1, Insightful)

avalys (221114) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514219)

They made him watch a TV show that makes fun of him. It's a little childish, but I really don't see what's so reprehensible about that.

Re:Huh. (3, Insightful)

rev_g33k_101 (886348) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514329)

Had no respect for Saddam, but any lingering respect I has for the US Military just died. What a grotesque and reprehensible institution, if this is what they do behind closed doors - the fact that they do worse (torture legally defined in the US as 'anything less than organ failure') doesn't mean that something like this isn't just plain and simply slimy.

You are talking about making a man who gassed his own citizens being forced to watch a movie torture?!?! I hope you are trolling!

If not you need to get your priorities straight.

To top it off you have been modded insightful?!?

Damn! grow up.

Re:Huh. (5, Insightful)

Unipuma (532655) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514479)

Actually, the point is, regardless of who the person is you are holding in prison, you have to live by your -OWN- standards.

Thinking that you can treat people differently depending on who they are is called class justice. Sadly it happens a lot, but usually people aren't proud of it.

Re:Huh. (-1, Troll)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514337)

If you had Saddam in your prison, you know you'd do the same thing.

I mean, big deal, it's a frickin' MOVIE.

We're talking about a guy who _shredded_ dissenters in a giant machine here.

Re:Huh. (4, Insightful)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514453)

We're talking about a guy who _shredded_ dissenters in a giant machine here.

That's propaganda.

But for the sake of argument, let's assume Hussein really did that. That act still wouldn't justify our treatment of the man. There is no excuse for adding unnecessarily to the sum of human misery. He was tried (however poorly), found guilty, and executed. That consequence should be deterrent enough. Deliberately harassing him in the meantime does nothing except show the world that we've become petty thugs.

Do you endorse rape in our own prisons by any chance? I know plenty of people who do, and quite frankly, it's disturbing as hell. Revenge is not a valid public goal, even when you dress it up and call it "justice". Brutality diminishes us, not the criminals.

Re:Huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514485)

Dude, it's not about "respect". Saddam had a huge number of people killed, I'd hardly call being forced to watch a movie torture by comparison to what he did.

Anyway, I'm shocked by the number of people that don't get the simple humour at play here. Comedians do there best to represent extreme views, because those are what challenges society and makes them think about what they believe and why. Everything I know about the creators of South Park says that when they take a viewpoint like this, they are mocking people who really hold that view (ie that torture is acceptable) just as much as the opposite.

Re:Huh. (5, Funny)

Al Al Cool J (234559) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514487)

This story raises many difficult and complex moral questions. What we need to do is take a step back, and calmly ask ourselves, "what would Brian Boitano do?"

Re:Huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514671)

I realize that everyone on Slashdot is a perfectly moral individual and completely objective and fair in all respects, but is this sort of reaction really necessary?

I would love to shout at those TERRIBLE SLIMY troops myself from my moral highground, but if I'm going to be honest with myself, the guy was a mass murderer and deserved what he got. The trial was a farce? He had to watch South Park?

Does not cringing in outrage at the above make me some sort of monster?

Fucking Americans (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514055)

Holy fuck. You Americans are admitting that you have tortured a leader of a country that you illegally invaded by saying over and over... "You are a fag" Geeze, I think the 9/11 Bombers should be let go and declared heroes for pointing out what a shit hole of a country you really are.

Re:Fucking Americans (1, Troll)

bistromath007 (1253428) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514081)

I think the 9/11 Bombers should be let go

:|

Re:Fucking Americans (5, Insightful)

glowworm (880177) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514361)

The parent has sort of a point apart from expressing disgust in an innapropriate manner, it is a little lame that Americans are proclaiming with glee how they insulted a foreign leader to his face before hanging him.

"Nya nya nya nya nya, you are a fag and the devil's butt monkey" - It's not really adult behaviour is it, and certainly not the behavior of a country that likes to think they are a world leader.

Take the high moral ground guys, don't play childish games like this and maybe the rest of the world might respect you.

Let's hope that the soldiers who did this are brought up on disciplinary charges.

Re:Fucking Americans (3, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514431)

Take the high moral ground guys, don't play childish games like this and maybe the rest of the world might respect you.

The ones who give a crap about decorum, dignity, world respect, and well, not being jackasses on the international stage are not the ones who did this. America is just like any other large group of people: there are some idiots, there are a lot of people who know better. It's a mistake to blame the whole group for something a few individuals did. So... quit judging us for the actions of a few immature soldiers and we won't judge you for (insert country-specific national disgrace here).

Re:Fucking Americans (1, Insightful)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514483)

It's a mistake to blame the whole group for something a few individuals did.

Except when this group twice votes into power people who they know damn well will be shamelessly and relentlessly brutal. Shame on us all, as a people, for allowing a small group of thugs to pillage this nation and its reputation for the past eight years.

Re:Fucking Americans (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514557)

Except when this group twice votes into power people who they know damn well will be shamelessly and relentlessly brutal.

Let's keep things straight, we were talking about this incident, not the elections.

As far as Bush's elections go, yes, there was more responsibility there, but keep in mind that during the first Bush victory, most voters didn't vote for him. The second they did, but Bush vs Kerry wasn't much of a choice. And even if most americans had voted for Bush, and specifically for his warmongering ways, it's still idiotic for someone to condemn us all, including those of us who have been against Bush since before he took office.

Re:Fucking Americans (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514603)

Except when this group twice votes into power people who

were very slightly 'less worse' than the alternative.

Re:Fucking Americans (4, Insightful)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514649)

were very slightly 'less worse' than the alternative.

Oh, stop it already. The "they're all the same" meme is both pernicious and false. I don't know how any thinking person could claim after these eight disastrous years, there's no substantive difference between the parties. However flawed Gore and Kerry may have been, they at least wouldn't have ignored the rule of law and run the country like a kleptocracy. We should count ourselves lucky if we get excellence, but we should at least demand competence.

If you don't care about politics, the only people elected will be the ones who don't care about you. Indifference toward elections by the general public just enables (and encouraged) politicians to cater to special interest groups at the expense of the general welfare. That's not good for anyone.

Re:Fucking Americans (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514629)

"Nya nya nya nya nya, you are a fag and the devil's butt monkey" - It's not really adult behaviour is it, and certainly not the behavior of a country that likes to think they are a world leader.

One might even say that is wasn't very Christian of them to do that.

South Park Movie Officially Torture.. (5, Funny)

Roskolnikov (68772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514067)

I recall watching this movie in the theatre, in some strange life imitating art moment a grandmother brought her grandsons and apparently their friends in for the wonderful cartoon..... Making it through the bribe a drunk for movie tickets and the earthen root heart transplant she decided it was just too much when Saddam and the Devil had their musical bit with a floppy dildo...

Up until now I felt that nothing would top that in regards to this movie.....

Re:South Park Movie Officially Torture.. (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514241)

lol... now that is classic, and just yet another point that people don't pay any freaking attention to the RATING SYSTEMS!!!!! It was R for a REASON. Like, "F*** you f***ing face uncle f***er.", and my personal favorite, "Well F*** my A** and call me a B****."

That's one question answered... (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514069)

Always wondered if Saddam knew about the movie before he died. It does make you wodner what he thought about his cultural status in the US;-)

Too Funny (0)

PitDoggie (913758) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514093)

As a vet, I wonder if he got to watch Kim Jong Il's singing in Team America.... did he sing "I feeee WoonWee, ow Sooo WonWeee"

Little Kim probably watched Team America (5, Informative)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514167)

Kim is known to be a voracious consumer of American pop culture.

Re:Too Funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514427)

Another case of American military personnel making fun of foreign leaders.

I hate to think what you guys would do when you route him to one of your secret CIA spy bases for tortu^h^h^h^h^hquestioning.

What a sad race of people you Americans are. True morally bankrupt losers.

hilarious (-1, Troll)

jrozzi (1279772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514095)

This is hilarious that they made Saddam watch South Park over and over again. As long as Saddam was a tyrant responsible for many deaths in his own country, he completely deserved this to say the least.

Re:hilarious (0, Flamebait)

ElectricRook (264648) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514177)

I think most people don't know just how bad Saddam was...

He employed a professional rapist to rape the wives of anyone who spoke out against the regime... Oh, and the whole family was brought in to observe their Mother/Daughter/Sister being raped in order to punish the offender.

He employed an industrial plastic shredder to shred alive anyone who spoke out after having the wife raped... Hated people were fed in head first, really hated people were fed in feet first. Shred the wife before the husband.

Ever seen the video of dissenters being thrown off the top of a four floor building? I caught it once on Fox.

One of Saddam's sons used the elementary school system as a source of children for his sex-capades. Any complaints - Daddy's got a shredder...

Re:hilarious (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514327)

He could have been satan himself, but it still doesn't change the fact that you should treat others as yourself. A civilisation will be judged according to how it treats its enemies and the powerless. It's easy to treat powerful friends well. At the time of his incarceration, Hussein was both powerless and an enemy. Epic fail by the US marines.

Re:hilarious (2, Insightful)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514627)

Oh for mod points. That's the most insightful AC post I have read in a long long time.

Re:hilarious (5, Informative)

jorghis (1000092) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514419)

Saddam Hussein was a bad guy for sure, but that whole shredder thing was a classic example of an inflammatory story that is later proved false in the run up to a war.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/feb/25/iraq.iraqandthemedia [guardian.co.uk]

Re:hilarious (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514489)

I think most people don't know just how bad Saddam was...

He also tried to invade Canada. And not only was he in a relationship with the DEVIL, but he was abusive to the devil as well.

Re:hilarious (5, Informative)

fahrvergnugen (228539) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514509)

This has been pretty thoroughly debunked, actually:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein's_alleged_shredder [wikipedia.org]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/feb/25/iraq.iraqandthemedia [guardian.co.uk]

And nobody is fooled except the people who modded up your post.

Re:hilarious (5, Informative)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514583)

And the United States were the ones who propped him up in there, gave him weapons, and ignored him until he was of use.

Re:hilarious (1)

palemantle (1007299) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514585)

That load of tripe is 'Insightful'? Looks like the 'usual' fools are out in force today.

Re:hilarious (0)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514611)

He employed a professional rapist to rape the wives of anyone who spoke out against the regime...

Wait, what? Why wasn't THAT job in my voc. ed. handbook?

Re:hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514613)

You might want to check your sources before you report pre-war propaganda as fact.

The shredder most likely never existed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein%27s_alleged_shredder

Re:hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514651)

whatever hussein was current situation in iraq is considerably worse, true ppl were killed wo trial or any rights there during the saddam regime, but its many times worse now, it doesn't matter to the dead people if they get hanged or if they catch a stray bullet. saddam might have killed few thousand civilians at best during his regime, in current iraq war estimated death toll is 1 million, most of them civilians. usa getting all self righteous made the bad situation thousand times worse and its not going to get better any time soon.
also i find it ridiculous how usa calls the freedom fighters there terrorists, ffs they are citizens of occupied nation, bombing the conquerors is normal behavior

Re:hilarious (1)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514679)

It's okay when we do it. We're the good guys, right? The designers of America's Army [wikipedia.org] were unwittingly deep when they made the player's team always show up as the United States.

Re:hilarious (5, Insightful)

thefoul (1113419) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514199)

Whether he deserved it or not according to you or me or whoever, it's not for the US military to decide what he does and does not deserve, much less force a prisoner to do something they would obviously find very offensive, and to a muslim that would probably amount to psychological abuse, much less again and again.

He was a captured prisoner, the head of state of a sovereign nation (not that the Bushites believe that exists), tyrant or not, it's up to the Iraqis or the world court to decide his punishment and fate, not the guy holding the key to the cell that personally enjoys every second of it.

It is reprehensible and slimy, and I'm totally not surprised by it in the least!

Just look at the average type of egotistical macho jackoff that end up the in army or marines and it explains itself.
No offense to anybody that is or was in the military (some of my best friends have been), but I'm sure you can think of quite a few people that fit the bill, and if you can, you don't qualify as one of them.

Re:hilarious (4, Insightful)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514417)

I hardly ever post comments like this, but the parent of this post does not deserve negative moderation. The recent worship of the military by one segment of the population is a harbinger of fascism. Soldiers are still human beings, and by criticizing them when they err, we keep them honest and preserve both their honor and the honor of our country.

Re:hilarious (-1, Troll)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514449)

Just look at the average type of egotistical macho jackoff that end up the in army or marines and it explains itself.
No offense to anybody that is or was in the military...

Good thing you said that bit about no offense, someone probably would have taken that first part the wrong way. Idiot. No offense though.

Re:hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514499)

Posting to undo overrated moderation, someone mod this guy up. (and someone fix this damned moderation drop down)

Re:hilarious (0, Troll)

Agent__Smith (168715) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514577)

I too find it quite funny. You idiots that say he didn't deserve it have a warped sense of justice. This was a prank at worst. Live with it you self righteous morons. He was a murderer. And oh horror, they made him watch a bad movie. Yea some real parity there.

Why would Saddam be bothered by it? (1)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514147)

Odds are it affirmed his view of America. Somehow I suspect Saddam lacked the understanding of American culture to even process the nuances of why we would find invading Canada funny. Of course, Saddam didn't have a concept of friendship either, so the whole "punch you buddy on the arm" thing probably whistled right past him.

I'm sure the next Geneva convention will incorporate a South Park rule denying the use of raw stoopidititude as torture.

As for being fucked by the devil, Saddam already has done business with the Bush family. He's suffered far worse.

Re:Why would Saddam be bothered by it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514211)

Anyone up to editing Bush's head on the devil in the scene where he's doing Saddam?

your tax dollars at work (4, Insightful)

inzy (1095415) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514191)

well done america, another reason to gain respect from the world

Re:your tax dollars at work (-1, Troll)

colonelxc (1467119) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514323)

Your tax dollars at work

Really? how many tax dollars do you think were spent? Some guy probably had the movie on his computer and they just put it on repeat. Don't be a drama queen. Like you've never goofed off for 10 minutes on your employer's time, which is all the time it would take. These are people too.

well done america, another reason to gain respect from the world

Yup, how dare us make fun of a former dictator while he's imprisoned. How horrible of us for us to make him watch a tv show that depicted him, an oppressive dictator, in a bad light.

Re:your tax dollars at work (4, Insightful)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514707)

Eh, it just shows that, at heart, you're no different from them.

I always thought (4, Insightful)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514257)

...we were supposed to be the good guys?

Re:I always thought (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514593)

What a bunch of pussies on this thread.

A slashdot low (0, Offtopic)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514277)

Our people, as well as buncha Iraqis, are still getting killed there.

I've been coming here since the dot com days, and I can't remember a story this low on this site.

Re:A slashdot low (3, Insightful)

Bottlemaster (449635) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514505)

Our people, as well as buncha Iraqis, are still getting killed there.

Forgive me if I missed something, but how is this relevant?

Re:A slashdot low (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514703)

The story? There's far worse than making Saddam watch "The Simpsons"... some of the replies on Slashdot are worse :(

Who gave them the photo? (4, Interesting)

Napoleon The Pig (228548) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514279)

TFA says they got the photo from the Army not the Marines.

Stone, 37, said both he and Parker, 39, were most proud of the signed Saddam photo, given to them by the US Army's 4th Infantry Division.

But then again it states in the summary of the article that they recieved the photo from the Marines. So which is it?

Re:Who gave them the photo? (4, Funny)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514383)

99.999% of the time the article is more reliable than the summary.

Re:Who gave them the photo? (2, Insightful)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514461)

But the summary is what everyone believes because no one reads the article.

Re:Who gave them the photo? (1)

Napoleon The Pig (228548) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514501)

Very true, however in this particular case I wasn't referring to the /. summary but rather the 2-3 line summary of the article that's found right underneath the headline on the page before you get to the main body of text.

Re:Who gave them the photo? (1)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514675)

99.999% of the time the article is more reliable than the summary.

Wow, Slashdot sure makes that 0.001% go far.

Re:Who gave them the photo? (1)

QuoteMstr (55051) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514685)

The 0.001% percent just covers the cases when both the article and the summary are completely wrong, incomprehensible, or otherwise content-free. :-)

Matt & Trey Advocating Torture? Yeah. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514291)

The slightly conservative leaning duo, if they had any moral integrity, would not take a trophy that was made by a man under duress. But they are Republicans, a group that has no morals.

I'm surprised it wasn't autographed in his own blood.

Re:Matt & Trey Advocating Torture? Fuck Yeah. (1)

Ifni (545998) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514415)

^ Fixed that for you.

Re:Matt & Trey Advocating Torture? Yeah. (4, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27514465)

The slightly conservative leaning duo, if they had any moral integrity...

I'm very liberal, and find southpark annoying the same way I'd imagine conservatives find Jon Stewart annoying, but saying they have no moral integrity is off. They don't share your morals. That should not be taken as a sign that they have NO morals.

Re:Matt & Trey Advocating Torture? Yeah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514681)

Waving about morals like it was anything more tangible than body thetans doesn't make you seem any kind of liberal to me.

This kind of arbitrary nouns is rather a hardcore-conservative attribute, IMHO...

wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514331)

wow i can't believe how some of you take this, its nothing, omg i was forced to watch a movie and im a prisoner omg my rights are being violated, what a joke you guys are ridiculous grow a pair and join the real world, saying somehow making someone watch a movie is morally wrong, then again with all of you, maybe i can get a big fat payday for suing school systems for making me watch movies i didn't like.

Re:wow (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514379)

and this demonstrates what's wrong with American society.

The event itself was bad enough, but responses like this cement it.

If you don't see what's wrong, then you're part of the problem.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514409)

anyone who thinks that making him watch this is in anyway cruelty or unjust then you need to join ANY nations military force, not just fucking america, and find out what a stupid fucking shit you sound like for whining about this.

Seriously you guys... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514601)

I am very surprised to see people getting up in arms about this. Is showing a prisoner a satirical movie which mocks him really torture? Not in my book. Hell, going to a regular American prison, and potentially getting raped, for committing a non-violent crime (drug possession for instance) seems much worse than being shown potentially insulting films. Give me a fucking break.

Abu Gharab, Guantanamo, Secret CIA Prisons: all very bad, very wrong, and very embarrassing for the US. Actual torture (waterboarding, sleep deprivation etc.): also very bad, wrong, and embarrassing. It is not a human right not to be mocked. Especially if the person you are mocking is the kind of person who would have had you killed had you done so in his old dictatorship. "How dare they hurt Saddam's feelings like that! What a deplorable, inhumane atrocity!" Oh the shame...

If this article is what made you embarrassed to be an American, then you obviously haven't been paying attention. Yeesh.

much like that kid in the "Startling" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27514639)

Nah... nope... just not going to say anything about this one.
/begins not to be deterred 1000s of miles trip home

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