IJMC A Great Tragedy

                       IJMC - A Great Tragedy

After reading tonight's IJMC, ask yourself a question. Which of the three 
mentioned items would define the end of the IJMC? Don't worry, it's 
purely hypothetical, I just want you to think about it. <grin>      -dave

Saddam Hussein is visiting a school. In one class, he asks the students if
anyone can give him an example of a "tragedy". 

One little boy stands up and offers that "If my best friend who lives next
door was playing in the street when a car came along and killed him, that
would be a tragedy." 

"No," Hussein says, "That would be an ACCIDENT." 

A girl raises her hand. "If a schoolbus carrying fifty Iraqi children
drove off a cliff, killing everyone involved... that would be a tragedy." 

"I'm afraid not," explains Hussein."That is what we would call a GREAT

The room is silent; none of the other children volunteer. 

"What?"asks Hussein, "Isn't there any one here who can give me an example
of a tragedy?" 

Finally, a boy in the back raises his hand. In a timid voice, he
speaks:"If an airplane carrying Yassar Arafat, Colonel Kaddafi, and Saddam
Hussein were blown up by a bomb, *that* would be a tragedy." 

"Wonderful!" Hussein beams. "Marvelous! And can you tell me WHY that would
be a tragedy?" 

"Well," says the boy, "because it wouldn't be an accident, and it
certainly wouldn't be a great loss!" 

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