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    Rana Goodman
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    A Jewish Russian was finally allowed to emigrate to Israel.  At Moscow airport, customs found a Lenin statue in his baggage and asked, “What is this? ” The man replied, “What is this?  Wrong question comrade.  You should have asked, ‘Who is he?’  This is Comrade Lenin.  He laid the foundations of socialism and created the future and prosperity of the Russian people.  I am taking it with me as a memory of our dear hero.”  The Russian customs officer let him go without further inspection. 
    At Tel Aviv airport, the Israeli customs officer also asked our friend, “What is this? ”  He replied, “‘What is this?’  Wrong question, sir. You should be asking, ‘Who is this?’  This is Lenin, the bastard who caused me, a Jewish Russian, to leave Russia.  I take this statue with me so I can curse him every day.”  The Israeli customs officer said, “I apologize, sir, you are cleared to go.”
    Settling into his new house, he put the statue on a table.  To celebrate his immigration, he invited his friends and relatives to dinner.  One of his friends asked, “Who is this?”  He replied, “My dear friend, ‘Who is this’ is a wrong question.  You should have asked, ‘What is this?’  This is five kilograms of solid gold that I managed to bring with me without paying any customs duty and tax.”
    MORAL:  “Politics is when you can tell the same crap in different ways to fool different audiences, to allow you to look good in every way.
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