March 14, 2006

Time for some more protests

The Saudi ambassador and his cohorts will be up in arms about this one. This is guaranteed to inflame and insult. There will be talk of insensitivity and discrimination.

Sharon Stone not only visited the place that dare not appear on Iranian maps lest it be wiped off, she said:

"I've always been attracted to Jews," she says. "I like dark men who are
drawn to study, to art."

There will now be an auto da fé of "Basic Instinct" in Damascus (with the famous scene spliced out and saved for research purposes).

On a positive note, there's hope for Tottenham fans yet.

Andrew Apostolou (gooner who needs to change his pyjamas).

Posted by Andrew Apostolou at March 14, 2006 04:45 AM

Then there's that "other team" in north London:

Posted by: rob at March 14, 2006 06:55 AM

It's nice that celebrities like Sharon Stone are going there and saying such things, but it would be nice if a certain resident of the White House were to go there and say such a thing.

He's been to lots of places and said lots of things against terrorism. He needs to go to one more.

Posted by: Laura at March 14, 2006 07:00 AM

As stupid as the Saudis and Syrian governments can be, I don't think this is going to register that high on their outrage scale. I'm sure Sharon Stone is already banned for her immorality. Anyway, the Saudis and Syrians both have better things to do, such as funneling mad bushels of cash to the Sunni Arabs in Iraq to prevent Baghdad from falling into shi'a hands. Good thing the Saudis are our friends, I'd hate to see what they would do if they didn't like us.

Posted by: Vanya at March 14, 2006 09:26 AM

Ms. Stone need not worry. There are plenty of dark Jewish men who are drawn to study and art who are also drawn, inexplicably, to blonde bombshells.

Still, it is interesting to see such a balatant example of how romantic attraction influences political positions. T.E. Lawrence would be proud.

It's lucky for the Jews that Ms. Stone is not attracted to dark, heavily-armed nihilists with a propensity for violence, or she would have gone to Ramallah instead of Jerusalem.

Posted by: Eohraim at March 14, 2006 02:24 PM

WOW, already missed MJT open mindness!

Posted by: Yassine at March 14, 2006 03:06 PM

This post may well have contained a joke, be warned.

Posted by: Apostolou at March 14, 2006 04:17 PM

First time to hear your voice, that I know of, Andrew. Your writing is sounding fresh, new to this jaded cynic's ears. I'll keep reading.
Question: Your surname, very close to Apostolic. Gonna guess you're pseudonymous, but to what purpose?
PS And yes, took this throwaway post to respond to just so couldn't be accused of being OT.

Posted by: Alear at March 14, 2006 05:43 PM

Amazing though it may sound, Apostolou is my real name.

Posted by: Apostolou at March 14, 2006 06:08 PM

Is it Greek? Because everyone knows to never trust a greek.

Posted by: Mike#3or4 at March 14, 2006 06:44 PM

Certainly not.

Posted by: Apostolou at March 15, 2006 04:23 AM

Well, it was a joke.

Sort of.

But I'm not sure a blog is the place to go if you are looking "for "openmindedness", "objectivity" or "even-handedness", all of which are synonyms for "dishonesty", "regurgitating the conventional wisdom or "let's not offend anyone who might get violent".

If I want to read empty carbs while being bored silly and having my intelligence insulted, I will read "Time or "Newsweek", not a blog.

Posted by: Ephraim at March 15, 2006 11:41 AM

Andrew -

You're not Greek? Didn't you once write a report on the status of anti-semitism in the general Greek Zeitgeist?

And regarding Stone -
I would have certainly taken care of that well a few years back.


Posted by: Mike Nargizian at March 16, 2006 10:02 PM

Because everyone knows to never trust a greek.

No, no, it's "Beware Greeks bearing gifts", which is a reference to a horse from a very, very long time ago.

IMO, Greeks are quite trustworthy, so long as you don't run off with their wife. If you do, bad things happen, as Paris of Troy found out. ;-)

Posted by: rosignol at March 17, 2006 12:05 AM
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