That's not what this post is about though. I laughed out loud when I read the following :
Oman announced yesterday that the nation is all geared up to host the most peaceful leg of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games torch relay tomorrow. The claim came from Oman Olympic Committee vice-chairman Habib bin Abdulnabi Macki, who addressed a large press gathering at the Crowne Plaza yesterday.
“Our security is tight and anyone trying to put a hurdle will be severely dealt with,” said Habib Macki. “The Royal Oman Police is ready to handle any such
Did you catch the pun? Hurdle! get it? Hurdle?
After I stopped laughing, I spent another twenty or thirty minutes marveling at his poor choice of words regarding how protesters will be treated. I can't believe that nobody prepped him for the question, or if they did that that was the quote he was supposed to give. That is textbook bad Public and Press Relations.
Here is how it could play out in the broader media, if any of them really wanted to run with the quote.
Oman, a country with a questionable human rights scorecard, (Tier III Bitcheeezzz) hosting the Olympic flame relay en route to China (another country with an exceedingly questionable record of human rights violations and abuses) today said that they would happily commit further human rights abuses should any protests mar the journey of the Olympic flame through this quiet Arab hamlet.
Expressing solidarity with China's controversial methods for suppressing free speech and peaceful protest, Oman Olympic Committee vice-chairman Habib bin Abdulnabi Macki said “Our security is tight and anyone trying to put a hurdle will be severely dealt with” He continued “The Royal Oman Police is ready to handle any such situations.”
Political parties and protests are currently illegal in the sultanate, a
small oil producing country with a population of 2.5 million, located south east
of Saudi Arabia.
In other news, I can tell it's summer here because everybody is getting really cranky. Even the Internet is being a pain in my ass.
Come back tomorrow for pictures (Yes! Pictures!) of the Naughtiest Panties in Oman. Stone and I are calling them "the forbidden undergarments". You know, like the Lambada, only under your trousers.