10/12/2005

Current international affairs quiz

Consider the following statement made in 2005:

1. The statement was made by the head of which state?
"We are facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world."



(a) Israel
(b) France
(c) Palestine
(d) U.S.
(e) Pakistan
(f) North Korea

2. Based on your answer to (1) the "radical ideology" would be:

(a) Islamic fundamentalist
(b) Christian fundamentalist
(c) Nuclear proliferation
(d) Jihadist
(e) Judaic

3. In mid-2003, George W. Bush claimed before a delegation of Israeli leaders that he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

(a) True
(b) False

4. George W. Bush claimed this week that his administration had disrupted how many Al Quaeda attacks on the U.S. since 9/11?

(a) None
(b) 3
(c) 11
(d) 103
(e) Thousands

Answers:
1. (d) U.S. president George W. Bush made this statement 10/6/05.

2. (a) Islamic fundamentalist, presumably.

3. (b) False. George Bush was speaking to a Palestinian, not Israeli, delegation when he exhibited his religious fervor four months after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. His statements are recorded in a transcript of the meeting, and verified by one of the delegates.
One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did." Guardian Int'l, 7 Oct 05

4. (b) 3 "disrupted" attacks in 4 years and billions spent on homeland security.
Bonus question: How many people have died in successful fundamentalist terrorist attacks in Iraq since the invasion, and how does that compare to any other four-year period in modern history?

10/02/2005

While You Were off the Air

I propose a cable TV show that specializes in makeovers of other TV makeover shows.

The interior decorating shows like "While You Were Out" would be first, followed by the fashion advisor shows like "What Not To Wear."

We could call ours "What Not To Air."

You heard it here first.