Sunday, February 25, 2007

Remember Comical Ali?

Few people can have had such an ignominious 15 minutes of fame as that clown who acted as Saddam's press spokesman during the invasion of Iraq. "Comical Ali" was what they called him. It was his unquenchable optimism in the face of grim reality that made his name, like claiming there were no American troops in Baghdad when US tanks were only a few hundred meters from where he was holding the press conference. There were other ramblings too:
"Do not be hasty because your disappointment will be huge.You will reap nothing from this aggressive war, which you launched on Iraq, except for disgrace and defeat."

"We will embroil them, confuse them, and keep them in the quagmire...they cannot just enter a country of 26 million people and lay besiege to them! They are the ones who will find themselves under siege."
Crazy old loon! Imagine what would happen if our own leaders had such a semi detached connection with reality. A scary thought.

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