Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obviously, Senator Kerry doesn't recall the famous Uruguaryan Cheese Defense of 1847

Foreign Policy blog reports, via Haaretz, that Israel was blocking shipments of pasta into the Gaza strip, saying that only rice was permitted. After US delegates pointed out the arbitrary stupidity of such restrictions, the Israelis backed off.

"When have lentil bombs been going off lately? Is someone going to kill you with a piece of macaroni?" asked Laird.

Clearly, American officials do not recall the resourceful Uruguayan use of cheese as cannonfire in a naval battle in the 1840s. (Note: different accounts have them fighting the Argentinians or the Brazilians, and offer up different years for the skirmish. So this story may be apocryphal, but I hope not.)

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