The Sleeping Parrot

Apr 7, 2003

Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf is a funny little fellow. His statements would border on hilarious if they didn’t involve the slaughter of Americans. His outright denial of the obvious is shameful and a perfect indicator of a regime that’s on the way out. Really, who does he think he’s kidding?

I suppose he’s kidding the general populace of Iraq. Those folks who have spent their lives being force fed a load of crap from the television in the living room and radio on the mantle. Those folks who cower in their home as each bomb drops, hopeful or maybe even fearful that he’s telling them the truth.

I can’t help but liken him to a character of a Monty Python skit; denial of the obvious is a regular staple of their comedy.

Mr. Praline: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

Owner: No, no, ‘e’s uh,…he’s resting.

Mr. Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

Owner: No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn’it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

Mr. Praline: The plumage don’t enter into it. It’s stone dead.

Owner: Nononono, no, no! ‘E’s resting!

Public appearances of Mr. Saeed al-Sahaf come off in a very similar manner.

Reporter: Look ‘e’ there. US troops are heading up the parade route.

Mohammed: No, no. That’s the republican guard. They’ve returned from a victory south of Saddam International Airport.

Reporter: Actually, I think it is called Bagdad International Airport now. Are those American flags on that tank?

Mohammed: Do not believe those stupid Americans and their lies …

Reporter: Uhhh, DUCK!

Sometime soon a US soldier will tap him on the shoulder and, in no uncertain terms, let him know the ruse is up. Now that will be an interesting interview.

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