Thursday, January 19, 2012

Impermanence: Saddam's Missing Buttock

Iraq demands return of Saddam Hussein's buttock
Published January 17, 2012

U.S. Marine Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as Saddam Hussein's statue falls in Baghdad in 2003. Marines gave a former soldier the OK to remove the buttock, to be auctioned off Oct. 27.

Kurds topple the statue of Saddam Hussein in Kirkuk, Northern Iraq in 2003.

More than five years after Saddam Hussein was executed, Iraq still wants a piece of its former president: his buttock, currently being held by an ex-UK soldier.

Nigel Ely, 52, grabbed a 2-pound piece of Hussein’s bronze statue – that made up part of his rear-end -- when it was pulled down by Iraqis in 2003, the Sun reports.

Ely claims he is the legal owner of the buttock since he has turned it into a work of art. But the Iraqi government is demanding that he returns it or face possible theft charges, as it views the piece of scrap metal as a “cultural antiquity,” the Sun reports.

British police are investigating ownership of the buttock.

The Practical Buddhist Responds

I’ve never liked Fox News as much as today. Their commentators gush for Santorum and trash the President with equally silly hyperbole.  It’s all forgiven. Now they’ve given us a perfect Buddhist parable.

Aren’t politicians are the best examples of impermanence?  Who will remember Perry or Huntsman, much less Cain? Even now I can’t recall the earliest contenders.

Long term, who will remember Saddam or the case of the missing butt cheek?  And who will remember you and who will remember me?