|We Love The Iraqi Information Minister
(15 Apr 2003 at 20:50)
|Here's a great collection of quotes from Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf. He's the guy with all the amazingly optimistic interpretations of Bush's progress into Baghdad. Examples:|
"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"
"I can say, and I am responsible for what I am saying, that they have started to commit suicide under the walls of Baghdad. We will encourage them to commit more suicides quickly."
"Who are in control, they are not in control of anything - they don't even control themselves!" (well, I might agree with that one!)
P.S. I, uh, "support the troops!"
|Yeah, me too. I support the people who left their country, flew to another, invaded it, and killed lots of people that weren't saddam. What brave young men and women, dropping bombs on a 3rd world city full of starving kids. Lets all make jokes about the iraqi information minister. Ha! Nothing wrong here! Funny! Jokes! *sigh*|
|Well, probably you got from my scare quotes that I "support the troops" in the sense that war nay-sayers feel they have to in order to avoid the ire of veterans associations and parents of soldiers and so on. In a sense I do support them (much more than, say, I "supported" the president after September 2001), because for the most part they're probably just naive kids, and they don't play a role in deciding whether to invade or not. But I don't support the invasion of Iraq, killing starving kids, or freedom fries.
That doesn't mean we can't find humor in the situation. And you must admit that this guy being the official "information" minister casts an interesting orwellian perspective on the Iraqi government -- if I were an Iraqi citizen, I would certainly want people pointing out what a joke their "press" is.