14 February 2013

An online Jewish joke

Norman Geras is a now-retired Professor of Political Philosophy at Manchester University. He ran, for a number of years, a seminar on the Holocaust. I attended for a while and delivered a paper there. The quality of the discussion was most interesting and I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know both Eve Garrard and David Hirsh through this seminar.

Since his retirement, he and his wife have moved to Cambridge, and he spends a part of his day writing "Normblog", his blog. It's always worth a perusal and every so often he comes up with a real winner. The following is one: you might even call it a modernist Jewish joke. Whatever you call it, I think it's worth a few seconds of your time.

By: Brian Goldfarb


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hi Brian: I'm pretty sure this is a re-hash of a joke told about a chat George W. Bush had with Saddam Hussein around 2003, before Saddam was found in his hidey hole.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Wonderful, thanks.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Lynne, good to hear from you. Maybe so, but it strikes me it's worth repeating, even if the protagonists differ.

But isn't it odd that, while G.W. is still around and might or might not appreciate the joke in retirement, we can't seem to reach Saddam to get his reaction. Maybe (hopefully) we'll be saying the same thing (& repeating the joke) in 6 or 7 years time, and wondering why we can't reach Mahmud for a comment!

We should be so lucky.