Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Don't these people have minders? 

A rather unfortunate turn of phrase here:

"British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said he shook hands with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in New York last week 'by mistake' and because it was 'dark'."
Straw explains himself:

"I hadn't expected to see President Mugabe there. Because it was quite dark in that corner; I was being pushed towards shaking hands with somebody just as a matter of courtesy and then it transpired it was President Mugabe."
So straw shook Mugabe's hand by mistake - what's Mugabe's excuse?

Straw also
added that "[t]he fact that there is a serious disagreement between Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom does not mean that you should then be discourteous or rude." Somebody should tell that to Mugabe, who only a week ago drew a rousing applause from the delegates when he told the United Nations General Assembly: "Iraq today has become a vast inferno created by blatant and completely illegal and defiant acts of aggression by the United States, Britain and their allies... We are now being coerced to accept and believe that a new political-cum-religious doctrine has arisen, namely that 'there is but one political god, George Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet'." Mugabe, of course, was not discourteous or rude, he was merely expressing what these days passes for conventional wisdom around the "international community."


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