Wednesday, August 13, 2008

no, the usurper's flesh will not LITERALLY be my food. That's gross.

When Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish died, the UN put out a statement mourning his loss.

One of the more controversial Darwish passages reads, "But if I become hungry, the usurper's flesh will be my food." So today at the noon briefing, a pro-Israeli reporter demanded an explanation for whether the UN supports cannibalism.

In response, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, was compelled to announce that, no, the UN does not support cannibalism, but does appreciate good poetry. Furthermore, according to Haq, the UN recognizes a difference between metaphorical and literal interpretations. (English majors rejoice.)

Glad we have that all cleared up.

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