April 09, 2003

DominiqueDe Returns

Dominique , Gallic superhero, has returned from his Chateau of Solitude to confuse everyone with his hyper-vision.

We have to maintain that the future of Iraq is going to be done because it is going to be difficult and our responsibility is to make sure things are sorted out there. We have got to look at reconstructing Iraq and it is very important that the international community has a central role.

That needs to come from the United Nations, It needs to have a central role. It is not a question of a vital role or a central role. I think we would all agree that the United Nations will play a key role.

Central! Non, Non. Not vital, not central, but key! Somebody get me a translator.

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Where's al-Sahhaf?

Iraq's irrepressible information minister didn't show up for his daily stand-up at the Palestine Hotel. Seasoned observers of Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf are wondering if the presence of the United States Marine Corps in the audience might have forced him to think up some new material.

Have you seen this man?


"We will bomb their brains out." Mohhamed Said al-Sahhaf cutting up for the international press corps in happier times.

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Cakewalk defined

Well, Ken Adelman sure got a lot of grief for predicting a "cakewalk".

I believe demolishing (Iraqi President Saddam) Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk.

Let me give simple, responsible reasons: (1) It was a cakewalk last time; (2) they've become much weaker; (3) we've become much stronger; and (4) now we're playing for keeps."

I'm not sure how much less effort it would take before we can, in future, declare a cakewalk.

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Heeeere's al-Sahhaf...

And now, live from a 3 week tour at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, the Prince of Propaganda, the Pharaoh of Denial, the Caliph of Calumny, the Buffoon of Baghdad. The one, the only, inimitable, irrepressible, Mohammed al-Sahhaf...

"They are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks."

"The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad."

"They're leeches, animals and rats. They will only leave the airport alive if they surrender."

The lies are amusing, but al-Sahhaf is a master at billingsgate.

Apparently he has quite a following in the Arab world, starved as they are for good comedy:

Al-Sahhaf has even introduced insults virtually unknown to the Arab public. His use, for example, of "uluj," an obscure and particularly insulting term for "infidel," sent viewers leafing through their dictionaries and calling TV stations for a definition.

His enemies are never just the Americans or the British. They are "outlaws," "war criminals," "fools," "stooges," an "international gang of villains."

Al-Sahhaf has singled out Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, describing him as a "crook" and "the most despicable creature."

This article, in Le Monde has more of his insults.

L'un de ses qualificatifs les plus célèbres est sans doute le terme "alouj", pluriel de "ilje", aux acceptions multiples, dont celui de "grosse ânesse" ou de "gros zèbre", ou encore —et c'est la définition la plus répandue — de "mécréant".

I sure hope he gets an extended run after this Baghdad gig runs out. I'd miss him.

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Linguistic Completeness

One thing I learned on my recent trip to Montréal was that the French for "shock and awe" is

choc et stupeur.

Kind of what Chirac is feeling just about now.

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