Monday, May 10, 2010

ELL, Season 7, Semis 2nd Leg

It sucks when you don't here from a friend for a while. Especially when that friend is from one of Evil Leaders' countries. Let's get to the final leg of the semifinals. The Evil Leaders League site is up and running.

Kim vs Karzai
North Korea's Kim Jong-Il reminds me a lot of myself. Not because he's short. Nor because he has a heart of darkness. But because he's been playing the same song since 2002. We get it. Threaten everyone with nuclear weapons. Receive aid to disarm. Fail to disarm. Rinse. Repeat. The North Korean military thinks it's played out and could be looking to switch to a new artist already.

Hamid Karzai, the leader of Afghanistan- well, Kabul anyway- is coming to Washington. Presumably to officially meet with President Obama and not in order to make a bungled attempt to blow up the city as a member of the Taliban. One can only hope.
winner 2nd leg: Check the ELL site
winner overall: Check the ELL site

al-Bashir vs Shwe
Some men have an ability to justify even the most heinous actions. To claim that they possess calluses on their soul is to acknowledge its presence, a dubious assumption. One man fitting the above description has seen his name by the title Head of State in Sudan for twenty long years. That man is Omar al-Bashir. Despite his role in a vicious civil war, by civil war standards, and a horrific genocide, by genocide standards, the Obama administration has decided to live and let live. Unless, of course, you live in Darfur.

Another character whose name is interchangeable with the introduction to this piece is Myanmar's Than Shwe of Burma. The list of his human rights violations wanders the length of the Irrawaddy River. And that's only if you're using a small font. But it is inspiring that Than Shwe is so active at such an advanced age. He's just like Betty White. Except slightly more evil.
winner 2ng leg: Check the ELL site
winner overall: Check the ELL site

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