Monday, January 21, 2013

I am sick and tired of correcting mistakes and inaccuracies by New York Times correspondents who read speeches in translation

" Syria’s foreign minister invited rebels to join a national dialogue, promising that all those who lay down their arms and forswear foreign intervention will be part of a transitional government."  No, you are dead wrong.  He did not offer a blanket invitation.  He said that those who joined the armed groups for money, would be forgiven, but those who have been motivated by [religious] "doctrine" have no place in Syria.  I mean, just ask the staff to translate the statement verbatim, damn it.