Jewish World Review March 7, 2003 / 3 Adar II, 5763
http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Most United Nations delegates withheld comment on U.S. President George Bush's news conference last night, preferring to wait for a printed translation of his remarks.
"It's not that we didn't understand his words," said Secretary-General Kofi Annan, "Most of us speak English. But we are confused because his remarks were almost totally lacking in nuance and subtlety. We're waiting for someone to give us a more complicated version of it."
Mr. Bush said that Saddam Hussein should disarm or the U.S. and her allies would disarm him, and that the U.N. should vote yes-or-no on whether Iraq has complied with Security Council Resolution 1441.
"We at the U.N. are not accustomed to hearing people say what they mean," said Mr. Annan. "This will take us some time to digest and interpret. Perhaps a committee-of-the-whole could examine the transcript for several months."
Meanwhile, although no one saw it, last night Saddam Hussein held a news conference to address the concerns of his people, and the global community, about the potential for war in Iraq.
The Iraqi president's appearance was bumped from TV by previous network commitments to air the U.S. President's news conference.
Mr. Hussein went on as planned, made brief opening remarks, then fielded as many questions as time would allow. As it turns out, the opening remarks ran a little long--about an hour--leaving no time for questions.
The Iraqi president appeared resolved as he repeated his contention that he has no weapons of mass destruction, and he will use them against any invaders.
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