Thursday, April 8, 2010

Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding

Things you shouldn't do as a diplomat from Qatar while on a commercial international flight into Denver:  sneak into the bathroom to light a cig and then give the air marshal who asks you to sit down a sarcastic comment about lighting your shoe bomb.  Josh Marshall:
It was initially reported as an attempted shoe bombing. Next the idea was that it was what can only be called a very ill-considered joke on the part of the man taken into custody. Now it seems the guy in question was smoking in the airplane restroom and when the plane crew asked what he was doing he said something that sounded like he was saying he was lighting his shoe on fire. As you might expect, at that point all hell broke loose.

The reports remain contradictory -- whether he making a joke or simply misunderstood. But no one seems to believe he was trying to detonate anything. And they've apparently determined that there were no explosives involved. 
I vaguely recall this was basically the plot for Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay...

But I'm not really laughing right now.   At all.  This guy's a diplomat?  I'm thinking "not for much longer."


In Ur Blog Eatin Waffles (Accept no fail imitations) said...

Yea what an idiot.

This day and age you cannot make comments like that, maybe between friends if you both have a common understanding of the context from which it's being made. Anyone else will take you seriously and react as such.

Strangepork said...

AP - Anonymous US officials report today that it has yet to be determined if diplomatic immunity will protect a Qatari diplomat from having to eat the cockmeat sandwich.

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