Sunday, May 01, 2005

Playing Into Their Hands

Not the smartest move President Bush has ever made. Holding hands in Arab culture means far more than in our own. I'm afraid this shot will come back to bite him in the... um... political capital -- and the rest of us in many more ways.

11 Comments:

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Tran Sient said...

What does holding hands mean there?

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I'm not sure exactly but when Saddam was being interviewed by Dan Rather a long time ago, Saddam tried to have their picture taken with them shaking hands. Rather wouldn't do it and explained (tho the explanation escapes me at the moment) the meaning of why he wanted to do that. I think it gives a certain amount of credibility for their policy.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Tran Sient said...

Ahh, I see. It has a little different meaning in DC, but we won't go into that. I prefer Rather's explanation.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Once upon the time, when I was still a high school teacher and supervising a school disco, an Arab boy (about 16 at the time) desparately wanted to invite me to dance with him.
Now, I had a big dilemma - (remember this vividly);
to hurt his feelings and to tell him off or to look ridiculous and have my dignity shattered.
And guess what - I developed a headache.

I'd advise Bush to do the same if only he wanted to listen.

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Esther said...

LOL ts.

felis, I wish Bush could think as fast as you on his feet. Alas, the fact that he can't doesn't surprise me.

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

"Keep your friends close . . . and keep your enemies closer."

-- Don Corleone

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I don't understand the value of holding hands to the US. You can bet there was some discussion before it happened. You can also bet this picture will be used over and over. It did make me kind of sick.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Esther, did you see the kiss-kiss photos? That would make you sicker.

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Finally, blogger is working again.

jonathan....and here I thought Edie on Desperate Housewives coined that phrase. ;)

Gindy, it's beyond.......beyond.

MoM....I like holding onto my lunch, lol.

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Abdullah is saying, "Please, George—I'm begging you... they're about to overrun the palaces and behead all of us. I have eight Samsonites stuffed with C-Notes on my 757. Can I... May I please have asylum here?"

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Esther said...

LOL patrick.

 

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