A tragedy (# 63)
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 LOSS."
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 would be no great loss!"
EAG, San Antonio, Tx
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