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Mush & Bush

by | 22nd, September 2006

AFTER Ashley Cole’s laugh-a-line humour book, the Times leads with news of another notable’s tome to be serialised in the paper.

“‘We’ll bomb you to Stone Age, US told Pakistan’,” says the paper’s front-page headline.

The words are taken from an interview President Musharraf of Pakistan held with US TV show 60 Minutes. Mush (if he’s going to be a celebrity and share a sofa with Richard & Judy’s book club he needs a nickname) has penned his memoirs. And such talk is sure to boost interest in it, and sales.

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Says Mush: “The intelligence director told me that [Richard Armitage, the then US Deputy Secretary of State] said, ‘Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age’.”

Mush says this he thought this “a very rude remark”. Indeed, in Pakistani circles it is considered bad form to tell another person that you intend to reduce their lives to rubble.

For his part, the Times says Armitage does not deny the claim, although he disputes the language.

But misunderstanding or not, American and Pakistan are at odds.

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