Jewish World Review March 19, 2003 / 15 Adar II, 5763
http://www.jewishworldreview.com | French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin (who is a man), proposed that the 48-hour ultimatum the U.S. gave Saddam Hussein be calculated according to the metric system.
Although he acknowledged the novelty of the concept, Mr. de Villepin said a metric clock would offer a truly multilateral approach to the crisis in Iraq.
Under the terms of the French proposal, the 48 hours would be multiplied by 10, then the resulting 480 hours would be multiplied by the number of minutes in an hour and then multiplied again by 100. The result, 2,880,000 would be divided by the number of hours in a metric day (100), giving Saddam Hussein and his sons 28,800 days, or 78.9 years, to get out of Iraq.
Mr. de Villepin said if George Bush concedes to using the metric clock, he can still say '48 hours', and yet win back the favor of world opinion by using something metric.
"At the heart of it," said Mr. de Villepin, "Citizens of Earth are still angry at America for failing to adopt the metric system. My proposal would allow Mr. Bush to save face, while simulataneously bringing the U.S. into the world community."
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said the
President would consider the French proposal and
respond within 24 metric hours.
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