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May 29, 2004

Muppet Iwo Jima

Gary Brecher comments on a clash of the Titans in the Med as Spain and Morocco claim sovereignty over the Isle of Parsley (via Paul Jané).

This island is worthless scrub. No water, no houses, nobody living there except a herd of goats. As far as I know, nobody did a referendum with the goats whether they wanted to go with Spain or Morocco. They were just grazing the chaparral as usual on July 11 when out of nowhere a couple dozen Moroccan "gendarmes" occupy the island and run up the Moroccan flag.

In the Muppet-movie version, this is where Gonzo in a big turban and his belly-dancing chickens sail in, with Dom DeLuise as the Admiral waving a plywood scimitar.

Of course, it is with precisely such pointless gestures that illegitimate regimes arm themselves. And don't get me started on the General Belgrano.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 29, 2004 10:01 AM

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Cheers for the link, Nick. :)

Posted by: Paul Jané at June 1, 2004 04:52 PM

Thanks for the lead... the belly-dancing chickens almost killed me!

Posted by: Flea at June 1, 2004 05:00 PM