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Europe talking about African problems

Author: Paulo Coelho

A potential rift in the international coalition behind air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces has emerged after Britain and France demanded the intensification of military action in the key battle fronts around Ajdabiya …(Guardian, 12 Apr 2011)

“One of the more astute commentaries on the situation in the Middle East comes from Greg Sutcliffe, a British ad man based in Hong Kong, who put subtitles on a viral video of toddling twins talking to each other in an utterly unintelligible baby language.
In Sutcliffe’s imagined dialogue, one of the diapered duo is big on “stomping” Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (complete with appropriate sumo-like gesture), while the other frets about the lack of an exit strategy and the possibility that arms will fall into the hands of al Qaeda.
The baby-talk dialogue is circular, inconclusive, and, even without the subtitles, a pretty good reflection of what you’ll hear from pundits and politicians all over the map “(Chris Dickey in Newsweek)

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