"Gas all them Iraqis"

@Sawsen (794)
United States
February 26, 2007 2:12pm CST
My cousin's cell phone is quite closer to the number of the white house. So he usually gets a lot of people calling to speak to the president. Sometimes it's extremely funny what people request from him, thinking that he is the president. Sometimes he pretends he's the secretary and that he'll take the message, other times he actually pretends he's the president. Well, a few days ago some guy called him and asked if he was the president. My cousin used to these type of phone calls told him that he was. The man all of a sudden began thanking him for being such a great president, and for being the only president that had the guts to go out and kill all the "Terrorists." My cousin didn't get the chance to say anything, because the man kept going on and on about how great he was. Then he said, "I say we gas all them Iraqis. It's great what you're already doing, but let's just gas em." My cousin felt extremely insulted by this and wanted to stop the man from talking, but the man kept going on about how he wanted America to kill all of the Iraqis of the world. My cousin hung up on the man, and felt extremely upset by what the man said. It only leads me to believe that this mentality is going to corrupt the entire world. And the sad thing is this man was extremely passionate about his request. What would you have said to this caller?
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• United States
26 Feb 07
That is the most interesting thing I have heard ever. I know, that the "red" phone in the whitehouse is a private number, because that one goes directly to the president. But, it is not ununsual that people do call the other whitehouse numbers and get regular people instead. You are not wrong with the mentality here. There are discussions this week, that have been promoting terror, unequality, and even racism. I have to say, people do not seem to realize that they are the terrorists, and that they have worse attitudes and behavior than those people they hate.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
That's racist for him to think that way. It's not right to discriminate against a whole country because of a war. Both sides are dying and it should just end already. We shouldn't believe everything we hear anyway because the news isn't always honest. Your cousin should just act like he is who that person thinks hes talking to so he can set him straight and let him know he's wrong to think that way.
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@Marie2473 (8516)
• Sweden
26 Feb 07
This headline could probably make the discussion be removed. It is a great discussion, and it leaves room for alot of opinions. I do belive that what this man said is something that alot feels and that for me is scary. We have alot of refugees here that fled the country when saddam was in the regim and now they are thinking about going back - once it is peace and quiet. However, these people are the vicims of terror every day, just because of what they were born. i even have a friend that are from Iraq, but when someone asks her, she says that she is from turkey or something else. She┬┤s had people spit on her, and much worse things. I just wish that people would understand that it is not the people in iraq that are the problem - it is the people who lead/led the country!
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• United States
26 Feb 07
That's so racist. You can't discriminate against the whole race of a country because of the war that's going on. And no one even knows the truth of what is really going on there because the news here lies so much. People are dying on both sides there, and it should stop and just end already. Your cousin should act like the president and tell that person off lol And disagree with him so he feels stupid.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 07
Well I think I would have been upset to as it is not nice. I know they are causing a lot of Problems but it does not mean that the innocent ones have to suffer to, it is not their fault that they have those terrorists there. And Terrorists are all over the Place. So I do not blame your Cousin for getting upset about it at all.
• United States
27 Feb 07
That's an easy one, Sawsen. They (meaning Bush) never wanted Saddam to begin with...that is why they are still there. They wanted the oil. And so, that is why you have a bunch of Americans going overseas where they don't need to be, and then, being brainwashed into thinking that they have something against a country that they could never have found on a map before the war (and from my years in college, they still cannot find it). Really, they were never after Saddam.I mean, what does America care about other people being oppressed by a tyrannical government, if they did, they would do something about all the other nations suffering from tyrannical dictators, such as Sudan, South Korea, and Palestine. But, we don't need oil from those people, there is no reason for us to go to war there...(do you see the pattern now?)
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• Pakistan
27 Feb 07
Very intriguing, your cousin's number must be really close to the White House that he gets those calls but I do hope that he knows that impersonating the President can land him into a big fix. Well as for the caller, frankly it is the media I blame that is planting false impressions into the mind's of all Americans. This person has clearly been indulged into the media so much that he has lost a sense of the right and wrong. There are some that make things happen and then there are some that watch things happens and there are some who wonder what the hell happened. Just because of a few insane terrorist we should not blame the entire country of Iraq nor the Iraqi civilians. It is not right and it is not justified.
• United States
27 Feb 07
This way of thinking is hard to swallow. I don't want people thinking that this is the majority of americans way of thinking. My husband has been to Iraq 3 times and will soon return and while there, he did more humanitarian jobs than anything. I have beautiful gifts sent back to me by several Iraqi families as a way of thanking me for living through his deployments while he helped build better sewage treatment, clean up the streets, etc. I know conditions are hard there, but to judge the whole Iraqi nation by the deeds of the terrorists is just plain wrong. I have friends there right now and the requests being made for care packages have not been for things they would like as much as it has been for clothing and shoes for the children. Please do not think that because I am American that I support people like this man who made that call.
• India
27 Feb 07
Ever got a call like "Beware..we are going to blow up your town"????
@agfarm (930)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Unfortunately....there is nothing you can say. It's very obvious that this individual was completely enveloped in his belief. And when someone is in that state....for your own Sanity....it's best to just hang-up.
@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
27 Feb 07
How would people confuse the number? Who has his number memorized? Wouldnt they go to teh website and find these: Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461 And then type them into their phones? Is his number close to any of those numbers, for real? I would believe it if it were a digit or two off.
• United States
27 Feb 07
I would have just told him he had the wrong number. You never know when this could backfire on your cousin. Some nut may actually "try something" one day and the FBI in their investigation will run across your cousin's cell phone number ~ YIKES! Maybe he can have the REAL number handy to pass out when he gets the wrong calls in the future.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
26 Feb 07
well i wouldnt blame the person who spoke that way.it is because he might not know the whole truth and has been hearing one side stories.all that he would have heard of would Americans dying.the fact of the matter is that most of the Iraqis are innocent and are feeling worse than hell themselves with regards to whats going on.the first mistake the president did was to invade Iraq on a false context and the next one is trying to take in more troops there.i just want to ask why should innocent people die there?why should all this be happening.this was supposed to restore peace but it is getting worse day by day.how many families miss their children and keep hoping they ll comeback.this is what the person must have been thinking and obviously he might have got provoked by the thought.a coin has two side and he would not have heard the sufferings of the Iraqis.i would have been saddened by the fact that the person was speaking like that and try and explain what actually was going on.even if he still says the same thing at least he ll think twice by saying them out.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I would probably said to him the Iraqis for the most part are good people. There are some bad apples. He should not stereotype a whole race of people for the minority loonies. This guy was a idiot.
@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
26 Feb 07
First off I would have changed my number. Second never impersonate the president. I too would think that after all that has happened maybe we should have made the country into glass. We would not have lost so many soldiers. It would have been a clear sign that this is not for this world. Future terrorists would not have the idea that they could kill indisciminantly without severe problems. Anyway, just my thoughts.
• India
26 Feb 07
this is something really upsetting!! how can a man says for other people thing like that. your brother should have call the cops and report about this. I know few Iraqis are not good but that does not mean you gas them all.
• Canada
26 Feb 07
My cellphone has call display. I would have taken his number and called the police. If they asked me why I was posing as the secretary (I'd never say I'm the president) I'd tell them I was under cover, and aren't they glad I did what I did, otherwose we wouldn't have caught that guy! LOL