Sunday, February 8, 2009

UN Sec-Gen tells Iraqis to leave Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the pride of Korea, paid a surprise visit to Iraq this week following successful and nearly violence-free local elections. 

But the bigger surprise was his advice to Iraqis: To be free, they must leave and go far away. Specifically, he said:
... you have to go far away to say you will fully be able to enjoy freedom and security and prosperity.
Like, I don't know, outside of the country? Sounds like someone wasn't paying attention in class the day their sŏnsaengnim taught the idiom "you still have a long way to go."

The BBC was nice enough to paraphrase Ban's remarks into what they assumed he had meant. Even those media outlets that included the entire quote changed it to "go a far way." But here is the audio of the actual statement, taken from NPR News:


Well, after eight years of Bush's strategery and now Obama's "expouse," I guess this is par for the course with world leaders. At least Ban didn't think Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's surname meant he has anything to do with the Taliban. 

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