Monday, October 09, 2006

Most surreal moment in Iraq

Peter Devlin, the Marine Colonel who recently filed a secret report claiming that "there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation" in Western Iraq, describes his "most surreal moment" in Iraq:
Watching Marines arrive at my detention facility and unload a truck load of flex-cuffed midgets. 26 to be exact. We had put the word out earlier in the day to the Marines in Fallujah that we were looking for Bad Guy X, who was described as a midget. Little did I know that Fallujah was home to a small community of midgets, who banded together for support since they were considered as social outcasts. The Marines were anxious to get back to the midget colony to bring in the rest of the midget suspects, but I called off the search, figuring Bad Guy X was long gone on his short legs after seeing his companions rounded up by the giant infidels.

1 comment:

DaisyBuchannan said...

Unfortunately, the information the Marines received was a bastardized version of an Arabic language document which had described "Bad Guy X" as a "little man." The Arabic word for "little," in it's original context was a reference to Mr. X's social status rather than his physical size and meant "inferior" or "low-ranking" rather than "small in stature." However, the English translation of the Arabic failed to capture this nuance, resulting in the arrest of dozens of, quite literally, "little men." Absolutely surreal, no doubt. But a clear-cut case of things getting lost in translation.