Thursday, March 27, 2003

With the sergeant
This quote has made the email round today:

I've been all the way through this desert from Basra to here and I ain't seen one shopping mall or fast food restaurant. These people got nothing. Even in a little town like ours of twenty five hundred people you got a McDonald's at one end and a Hardee's at the other.

This was said by a Sgt. Sprague, from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The literati are cackling, but I'm on Sprague's side. First off, he probably saw plenty of fast-food restaurants in Kuwait; but if not he could have stepped into Saudi Arabia next door, or come here to Beirut to see plenty more. We Arabs love malls and fast-food outlets, so to sell the sentence as an example of Sprague's cultural idiocy is hypocritical. Once the Iraqis get malls and fast-food outlets to replace the building-sized portraits of Saddam, it will probably mean they will have been freed.

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