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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Fun with Pakistani Poetry

Here's a funny one for ya:

Pakistan has ordered that a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out the name "President George W. Bush" be deleted from a school textbook.

The Education Ministry said the poem "The Leader" was unacceptable as it had been downloaded from the Internet and was anonymous.

A ministry statement seen on Tuesday accused those responsible for compiling the English textbook of "oversight" and "negligence" and warned them to be more careful in future.

The move came after local newspapers published the poem on their front pages and called it an embarrassment for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally of Bush in his global war on terrorism.

How, pray tell, does one "negligently" download an anti-Bush poem and publish it in a textbook?

I'd love to get my hands on that poem. (But it's probably not written in English.)

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