Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Conqueror of the British Empire Day

Here‘s one to file under WTF?!
"Muslims have asked government to consider a national prayer and a public holiday for the late former President, Idi Amin...'Let us hope that the era of calling him swine has ended,' Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Publicist, Hajji Nsereko Mutumba said yesterday."

Following the death of the self-proclaimed 'Conqueror of the British Empire' in 2003, journalist Ethan Bronner recounted a visit to his home-in-exile in Saudi Arabia:

“A former Sudanese colonel who worked as a manager at the local supermarket said, "People greet him and say, `Hello, Mr. President.' " Why? Wasn't he a savage dictator?
"Oh yes — he used to eat people," the manager replied, laughing. "But this is our nature. We forget.”

Looks like the same amnesia is affecting a few people in Uganda. And why the readiness to forgive this monster? Saudi officials told Bronner it was due to “Mr. Amin's conversion to Islam”.

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