Atlanta entrepreneur is Iraq's 'king of fun'

Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2002 3:36 AM | Contributed by General Public

Atlanta entrepreneur Hisham Araim has managed to open amusement parks in Iraq. He left Iraq in 1979 when Saddam assumed power, and has plans to return for a new park when the current climate settles down.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wednesday, December 4, 2002 4:48 AM

I wonder if their version of Superman: The Ride has an opposing likeness of Saddam sitting atop the tower instead of the Man of Steel.

I think I will pass on their fun house.

I am sure the park is a real gas.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 5:02 AM

Im sure you'd be welcome as long as you say Zig Saddam.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 5:11 AM
What kind of discount days do they have? Bring an American and everyone on the camel gets in free?

Does the shooting arcade use live ammo and live targets?

What happens if you line jump? *** This post was edited by wahoo skipper on 12/4/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 5:59 AM

I think you're all confusing the dictatorship with the people who live in it.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 6:21 AM

No, just my lame attempt at humor. I would have to guess, though, that any business, including amusement parks, must have to have Sandman's blessing prior to opening and operating.

I have a lot of friends and family who were in the Gulf War. My tolerance level for that man is pretty much non-existent.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 6:22 AM

Gee, Wahoo--that's not even the least bit racist.

If the guy was such a big fan of Saddam, don't you think he would have stayed? Does George Bush's Presidency make us all Republicans? Did Bill Clinton's make us all Democrats or womanizers?

I think we can stamp you with a label after that post, though....I'll just let someone else do it.

-'Playa

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 6:38 AM
It was most certainly NOT a comment on race. It was on the political environment in Iraq. Has he not gassed people? Has he not had huge firing squads? How many "average" citizens of Iraq do you think own a car?

I have nothing but sympathy for the citizens of Iraq who are living under such oppression. His last quote says it all. "Every place in Iraq is Saddam's land." He couldn't speak about a variety of "dangerous" topics.

Are Jay Leno and Dave Letterman racist because they crack similar jokes every night? Give me a break! *** This post was edited by wahoo skipper on 12/4/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 7:10 AM
but guys he did get 100% of the vote from the Iraqi people remember ;)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 7:21 AM
Exactly my point.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 8:22 AM

"but guys he did get 100% of the vote from the Iraqi people remember"

If you think that is any reflection at all of the people who live in Iraq, then you arej ust as clueless as they are.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 8:28 AM
What point, skipper? His campaign was pretty much "Vote for me or meet your maker--and don't worry, I'll help you make the trip."


What was his opponent's name again? It sounded like, "Help me....help me" but I'm not sure..

-'Playa
(who realizes Feel The Strike was only kidding)

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 12/4/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 8:39 AM

Ok, let me talk a little slower. Of course the election was a sham. How many people actually voted for crying out loud? Of course, the vote was no reflection on the people of Iraq. Did anybody even give it one iota of credibility? Of course not.

To conclude that I am a racist because of the jokes that I made is ludicrous. They were the equivalent of "You Know your a Redneck if..." jokes.

You don't know me from Adam. (Of course with that comment, I am now probably a religious fanatic.)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 8:54 AM
Meanwhile in the real world, there are an awful lot of people in the States getting crap because they're Iraqi, Palestinian, of Middle Eastern descent or just because someone in their family tree generations back happened to be Muslim...just like many good folks in Dearborn, MI caught it in the 80s when they were the ones fleeing Iran...just like Japanese got rounded up during WWII...and so on.

It's more than merely mean or unfair; in many instances it can keep people out of work, out of housing or from some other vital necessity that lets us live normal, dignified lives.

I see ugly, I say ugly. Simple as that.

-'Playa

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 12/5/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 9:06 AM

wahoo - I still don't see your point.

I'm not trying to play Mr. Politically Correct or anything, but I just don't see what point was made.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 9:07 AM
No kidding? That is going on? Really? I had no idea.

My point, Ravenguy is that my comments were a joke, much like that "election".

'Playa, I don't have a problem with you other than your label on me as a racist for the dumb jokes. Do you even know what race I am?

I live in South Florida, the most ethnically diverse area of the United States outside of New York City. I understand the plight of Middle Easterners, Cuban, Haitians, Dominican's et al.

How many jokes did you hear in the mainstream about Elian Gonzalez when that whole debacle was taking place? I didn't once refer to the people of Iraq in a derogatory manner.

As refreshing as this discussion has been it is probably inappropriate and wasting space. If you would like to discuss my racist tendencies futher just give me a call. My phone number is 1-800-CRA-CKER. *** This post was edited by wahoo skipper on 12/4/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 9:17 AM
Just when it couldn't get worse...


I understand the plight of Middle Easterners, Cuban, Haitians, Dominican's et al.

Wait, lemme guess. Is this because some of your best friends are...oh, never mind.

I could ask you what their so-called 'plight' is that moves you to smudge 'em all with a thick layer of pity (that they aren't some other ethnicity?) but I won't do that. You really are digging a deeper and deeper hole here. You know, some foreign folk are way better off than you or me too.

In fact, why don't I just dig you out of this deepening crater?

Repeat after me:

"Sorry if I offended anyone with my ethnic humor. I am ugly and my mommy dresses me funny."

There. Was that so hard?

-'Playa

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo. *** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 12/4/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 9:37 AM

'Playa,

Point to one "racist" thing I said. I will admit that my posts were ripe with political humor. Perhaps a little touchy considering the cliff we are perched on right now but certainly nothing worse than you would hear at 11:30pm.

Let's start with the Cuban I work with. He cannot see his family members that still live on the island and rarely if ever gets to communicate with them. Is that sad? I think so.

Now the Haitians who literally wash up on our shores on a fairly regular basis. They are not permitted to seek asylum her in the US while the Cubans who do the exact same thing are. Is that sad? I think so. (And also smacks of racism by our own government.)

Now for my Dominican friends who have suffered the unfortunate fate as to have been living on an island that is apparently a target for hurricanes. Their families who live in nothing more than a shack lost even that and the economy is such that rebuilding even a shack is like climbing up a hill. Sad? Yes again.

Pity? Your word, not mine. Do I feel fortunate seeing people living literally around me who have family going through all of this while my family is somewhat unscathed? Sure I do.

Finally, my momma doesn't dress me, my wife usually does. When I do it myself it IS often funny seeing as I am color blind. Ugly? That is a judgment call but my wife has good taste and she married me so I am comfortable with that. Everyone says my child is cute and that he looks like me so that makes me feel pretty good too.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 9:37 AM

Trust Coasterbuzz to have me rolling on the floor after a chitty day.

Ant, who just got busted at work for using incorrect coversion factors

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 9:39 AM

To go back to the original Wahoo post that I agree borders on offensive, I think that the suggestion that Iraqi's are all camel jockeys crosses a line that should not have been crossed. I see it as being no worse than "Jews are cheap" or "black people are fast runners." That just ain't comedy.

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"Climbing as we fall, we dare to hold on to our fate, and steal away our destiny to catch ourselves with quiet grace" - The Stairs, INXS

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