Under The Sun

Friday, March 14, 2003

Brussels, April 1 2004 (Reuters): "I did not make that speech," Saddam said in his trial. "That was a double. I was in the control room crossing my fingers." Belgian judges later ruled that the crossing of fingers would be permitted if they were crossed before the statement was made, since that established a "dialectical contradiction" whose "negation of the spoken word" essentially made the speech mean the opposite of what the speaker said. Relying on French theories regarding "the topography of meaning," Judge Henri Spraught noted that the very duress under which the TV address was made "requires us to dig below the verdant, dung-infused topsoil of rhetoric to grasp the gnarled roots of meaning beneath."

--Lileks. Ouch.

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