Monday, December 05, 2005

Pro-Bush poem finds its way into Pakistani textbooks

This is utterly dumbfounding. With the recent reports of planted US stories in the "free" Iraqi press, we shouldn't have to ponder long how this came to pass. Regardless of how this Pro-Bush poem made its way into the Pakistani English language course for 16 year olds (11th grade) it should be viewed as a disgrace. If anything, they should be supporting Musharaff - their leader.

The text of the poem is reprinted below. The simplistic rhyme with its off stanzas sounds as though George himself may have penned it. Enjoy.

THE LEADER by anonymous

Patient and steady with all he must bear,
Ready to meet every challenge with care,
Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
Isn't afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn't conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won't do,
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight, and means it all too.
Going forward and knowing he's right,
Even when doubted for why he would fight,
Over and over he makes his case clear,
Reaching to touch the ones who won't hear.
Growing in strength he won't be unnerved,
Ever assuring he'll stand by his word.
Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
Bracing for war, but praying for peace,
Using his power so evil will cease,
So much a leader and worthy of trust,
Here stands a man who will do what he must.

Well, George, using subliminal messages about your grand ability to lead, and knowledge of right and wrong ought to keep those youngsters from jihad.

UPDATE 12/7/05: Pakistani authorities have withdrawn the textbook.


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