Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Gives new meaning to "He couldn't even get himself arrested"
Alex Spillius in the Telegraph amuses with Comical Ali even fails to surrender:
During the war he was the oddball public face of America's enemy Iraq, but now there are claims that Mohammad Said Sahaf, the former information minister, cannot get himself arrested.

The minister, nicknamed "Comical Ali" for his eccentric denials that Iraqi forces were being overrun, is said to have tried to turn himself in to the Americans. But they refused, as he was not on their list of the 55 most wanted members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

A senior Kurdish official said that Sahaf had been holed up at a relative's house in central Baghdad for a week near a street patrolled every day by American armoured vehicles.

Adel Murad, of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, told the London-based Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat: "He sent some of his relatives to inform them of his wish to surrender, but they turned him down. Negotiations are still going on to hand him over."
Sounds like an old Henny Youngman joke: "Take my brother-in-law. Please!"