Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Iraqi PM Addresses Congress

but he (or his translator) used the "L" word — twice! From the Washington Post
Confronting and dealing with [terrorism] is the responsibility of every liberal democracy that values its freedom. …

The people of Iraq will not forget your continued support as we establish a secure, liberal democracy.
(Emphasis added in the preceding.)

I'm surprised he wasn't warned that liberal is a dirty word among those in power in Washington. I guess it's just one of those cultural mistakes. Americans make them all the time when we visit foreign countries. This is what it feels like to be on the receiving end.

1 comment:

Dale said...

Also when his aide handed him his speech, he hurt his finger, and when asked what was wrong said "It's just a paper *cut, and run* get me a band-aid, will you?"