Not Saussure

October 5, 2006

Hearts and minds in Iraq

Filed under: Iraq, usa — notsaussure @ 7:01 pm

Mr Eugenides reproduces this photo of a smiling GI and two boys in Iraq. He writes,

“Any Arabic readers out there will particularly appreciate what the boy in the middle has written (or had printed?) on his impromptu cardboard sign, which Mr Eugenides’ multilingual mother kindly translated for him this morning”

Interested non-readers of Arabic will be pleased to know he reproduces his mother’s translation here.


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6 Comments »

  1. you’ll be pleased to know that this photo has been on a number of sites for a good couple of years now. You enter whatever text you want, presumably in whatever utf-8 or unicode encoding you wish, and a bit of javascript/cgi has it appear on the card, for you to save and do with what you wish.
    I think i used it to say ‘%my friends name% Smells’ or something equally mature.
    I’ll try and track a link down for you

    Comment by piers — October 6, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  2. see here to make something like…

    Comment by piers — October 6, 2006 @ 9:09 am

  3. sorry, photo link didn’t work.

    http://iraqi-kids.signgenerator.net/

    Comment by piers — October 6, 2006 @ 9:09 am

  4. ps I hope you don’t think i’m picking on you. I find your blog interesting, and though I may not agree with it all, it’s good to see more measured analysis than some of them out there.
    It’s just i’m naturally an annoying pedantic git, legacy of 5 years spent as a sub-editor.

    Comment by piers — October 6, 2006 @ 9:39 am

  5. Yeah, I’ve been had. Computer-generated trickery. Shame, it was a nice story while it lasted…

    Comment by Mr Eugenides — October 6, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  6. But I don’t understand. If Mr Eugenides says something is the case, how can it not be so?

    Comment by notsaussure — October 6, 2006 @ 1:31 pm


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