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The House Hole that Jack Built

British Forgeign Secretary Jack Straw is in hot water for shaking hands with Zimbabwean President, and habitual human rights violator, Robert Mugabe. And he has only made matters worse with what must qualify as worst excuse. Ever.

Jack Straw shook hands with Robert Mugabe at a UN meeting, it has emerged.
The embarrassing encounter was one of the most unlikely sights of recent diplomacy. Britain has accused the tyrant of human rights abuses and he has accused Tony Blair of heading a ‘gangster regime’ and surrounding himself with homosexuals.

 

But the Foreign Secretary claims he only shook the tyrant’s hand at a meeting of the UN General Assembly last week because the room was dark.

 

Mr Straw said: “Because it was quite dark in that corner I was being pushed towards shaking hands with somebody just as a matter of courtesy.

For the record, here is a picture of the handshake..in the “dark” room.

 

 

Yep. So dark that you could develop film in there.

 

But even if it was dark, his excuse is still really dumb. After all, it makes him look like a bigot.

 

But Straw did not end there. No sirree. He had a bigger hole to dig himself in.

“But the fact that there is a serious disagreement between Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom does not mean that you should then be discourteous.”

U-huh. Does that mean that he also would have shook hands with, say, Saddam Hussein?

 

Funny, but I seem to recall behavior from Straw, which could be classified as anything but courteous.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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