Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Politics' started by B_Hickboy, May 4, 2011.
Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound - Telegraph
Hick, the USA and Pakistan have never had as good relations as the USA and India. That there are large factions of ethnic groups in different provinces who do not see eye to eye with the ethnic groups currently controlling their central government is nothing new. The original East Pakistan/West Pakistan created by the Brits before independence solely on the basis of common religion broke down over cultural and linguistic dissimilarity, hence Bangladesh. Borders with other ethnically diverse states such as Uzbekistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan, not to mention Kashmir in India, are up for debate if not skirmishing with real guns, even now. Think of poor Benazir, so recently assassinated for winning the election in the capital but not in the present general's home area. It was a fine place for Osama to hide, for all these reasons.
The last sentence: "Mr Panetta also revealed that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president."
I was trying to make a funny.
Oho, the article keeps going past that sentence. The actual last sentence is,
"If you say that you are involved there is a large, vocal faction of Pakistani society that will get very upset because we are carrying out repeatedly these operations with the Americans."
Hence my serious not getting the funny.
Well, that looks like I went off half-cocked.
Although I didn't read the sentence about Panetta and think it was funny, it was sort of humorous that you didn't read the entire article to figure out what the last sentence was or where it occurred on the web article you quoted.
Even if you went off half-cocked, HickBoy, it puts you in good company with at least a handful of the posters in the Politics forum.
That's one of the disadvantages of the English language, having lost 99% of the grammatical flexion. In German it would be perfectly clear who kills whom...
Or in Latin. How come the newspapers aren't in Latin anymore?
Ask and you shall receive:
Osama bin Laden interfectus est.
Yeah, but I don't WANT to be tarred with THAT brush!
Sancta merda! (Id est, "holy shit!")
It was pretty clear to me! Context is everything, however, I agree that the sentence should have been constructed in a far better manner. Unfortunately, few reporters under 40 seem to be able to consistently do this.
In this case...
Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president.
...could easily be rearranged to ...
Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals,rather than the president, made the final decision to kill bin Laden .
For the sake of a couple of commas, the wrong man might be shot!
Well done Hickboy!
I was tempted to write "whom kills who"...