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Islamist rhetoric
Recent news item:

An Iranian strategic expert has warned that one of President Obama's daughters will be kidnapped and raped if America attacks Syria.

(The headline, in MailOnline, calls him a "diplomat".)  That reminded me of something that appeared in the New York Times Magazine while we were gearing up to drive Iraq out of Kuwait:

News agencies quoted the [information] minister as saying that if war broke out, American airmen shot down over Iraq would be eaten.  Later, this account was clarified.  What [he] intended to say, officials explained, was that the Americans would be eaten by dogs, not by humans.

It must be kind of fun to talk like that.


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