Sunday, December 16, 2007

Just take a look at some of the quotes surrounding the handover of Basra. They're actually quite amusing when viewed closely. The logic is quite bizarre when you keep in mind the context:

"This means a victory for Iraq and a defeat for its enemies," (Yes, it does - wouldn't you agree?)

"I came to rid Basra of its enemies and I now formally hand Basra back to its friends," (This statement already includes a predicate which means enemies, the "I", so yes, as an occupier, they were the enemies of Iraq and by leaving then they are rid of these enemies. Now for Basra's friends, does he mean Iran?)

"The arms and weapons should be in the hands of the armed forces only," (So the non-armed forces would have no arms and no weapons. Good strategy!)

I need to watch Apocalypse Now, NOW... I think in the Viet Nam War, someone once recorded an interview with an American officer saying that to save the village they must destroy it. Such statements must be preserved somewhere in a compendium of the bizarred and twisted logic which emerges from the faulty premises on which Americans and now the British view the world and history.


bint battuta said...

It's called Ben Tre Logic...

Wassim said...

Wow, that's great! Thanks Bint Battuta, nice tidbit to know.