Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Terrorism Chic No.2/Quote of the week

Which is scarier - the RPG or hairstyle? (Photo from this week's Economist)

Very Snoop-Dogg don't you think? For previous terrorism chic, see here. Quote of the week goes Brigadier Mahmood Shah of the Pakistan Army. Brigadier Shah is a senior officer involved in the Pakistani Army's operation in the South Waziristan where recent weeks have seen heavy fighting between foreign fighters (predominantly members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan who had been in Afghanistan fighting with al-Qaeda but have fled since the US invasion) and local Taliban-sympathetic tribes who had previously been the Uzbeks' hosts. Yet this situation has been complicated by certain local leaders actually siding with their Jihadi-guest against the major local tribes who have had enough of the Uzbeks - in particular their hard drinking! The local leader who is down with his Uzbek-homies is called Haji Omar, who is noted locally for "a certain irascibility caused by a Soviet bullet lodged in his brain" as the Economist puts it (subscription only I think). This makes him, according to Brigadier Shah a “wonky sort of chap”.

1 comment:

Keefus said...

"a certain irascibility caused by a Soviet bullet lodged in his brain"

Come on; that was Robert Carlyle in a crap Bond film.

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