Procrastination Nation

Things that Robert is thinking about that keep him from accomplishing anything.

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours? Counter by Digits.Com

Wednesday, April 02, 2003
It's a Matter of Interpretation
USAToday reprints this AP story about the Iraqi family that was mistakenly shot at a checkpoint. The relevant section:

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Furbush, an Army intelligence analyst, said the message read: "To be safe, stay put."

But Hassan said he and his father thought it just said, "Be safe." To them, that meant getting away from the helicopters firing rockets and missiles.

"A miscommunication with civilians," said an Army report written Monday night.

So, maybe it's more specifically a translation matter. Perhaps more interesting was this:

The family of 17 packed into its 1974 Land Rover. Hassan's father drove. In his 60s, he wore his best clothes for the trip through the American lines: a pinstriped suit.

I didn't realize the Land Rover was such an old model.

Comments: Post a Comment