The deck of 52 cards – called “The 52 Most Dangerous American Dignitaries” – doesn’t place Bush at the top. It is instead Usama bin Ladin, who is represented as one of the two jokers in the pack.
The decks are being sold over the Internet by Thierry Meyssan, a French polemicist who claimed in a book that the attacks on the World Trade Centre were organised by the US and bin Ladin is its instrument.
The other joker in the deck shows US Secretary of State Colin Powell holding a container representing the danger posed by Saddam’s supposed chemical weapon stocks. The card is entitled “Weapons of Mass Deception.”
The Ace of Spades – which was reserved for Saddam in the US deck – instead features US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.
“The Bush administration is totally different to other administrations. It’s a threat to world peace”
Vice President Dick Cheney is awarded the Ace of Diamonds, making reference to the fact that he profited from the Iraqi war as a result of contracts awarded to Haliburton, the oil services company he once headed.
Bush himself is given a second-tier position as King of Diamonds because, Meyssan said, he “certainly is not the most important person in his own administration,” AFP reported.
“It’s a response to what America’s command did during the war in Iraq, where I found it indecent that they made a game out of what was really a manhunt,” Meyssan said.
Threat to peace
“The Bush administration is totally different to other administrations. It’s a threat to world peace,” he said.
Decks in English will be made available on Meyssan website at some point next week, “and in a dozen other languages within a month,” he said.
They sell for eight euros in Europe and 11 euros ($13) in the US.