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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What's up with Iran and Russia?

AHMADINEJAD: Why haven't you delivered our Uranium?

PUTIN: You shouldn't have Ahmadinejadized.

Source: Ellustrator.

Has Russia thought better of providing nuclear power to Iran? Has Western pressure forced its hand? Is it all just a show to take the wind out of the West's sails? Did Russia dupe Iran, never intending to actually supply a working reactor? Or is Iran actually short of cash? Maybe it was the Iranians who duped the Russians, never intending them to get much influence in the Iranian energy sector, but rather only intending to use Russia to get it's foot in the door?

Publius Pundit is running two polls on these interesting questions where readers are invited to give their input. Stop by and do so if you have a chance, and feel free to leave your comments.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the essense of the joke is lost on those who don't know Russian.

It is a play on words; "Ахмадинижадничать", which is translated, quite accurately, as "Ahmadinejadized", contains word "жадничать", which in turn simply means "to be greedy".

Just a little tweaking of Mahmoud's last name, that's all :)

La Russophobe said...

Thanks for the Russian lesson!

However, I must say that I kind of like having the significance of the phrase be ambiguous. It lets the reader apply different shades of possible meaning as in a Picasso, and in that way I prefer the English to the Russian.