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Thursday, March 27, 2003
 
BASHAR AL-ASSAD ON IRAQ: ONE SPEECH, TWO VERSIONS

The Arabic web portal Albawaba contains a summary of an interview with Bashar al-Assad that appeared in this morning's As-Safir, a newspaper published in Lebanon. The summary appears in two versions, one in English, the other in Arabic. The two versions have both different headlines and different quotations from the original interview. The English version emphasises the Arab world's right to independence and self-determination. The Arabic version contains threats to America and expresses explicitly the desire to destroy Israel. Each version is aimed at its own market. Owing to problems with the Blogger program, which refused to allow me to post the full translation here, it appears on the Iraqi War Blog site The Command Post.


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