Irony Is Dead
Grisly Video May Slow Nuclear Pact Lawmakers Cite UAE Sheik's Abuse of Man
By Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The emergence of a videotape depicting a grisly beating administered by a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates has complicated a U.S. effort to create the Arab world's first nuclear energy program, officials said.
. . . The sheik later slams a board with a protruding nail into the Afghan's naked backside. In a gruesome conclusion, a black SUV is driven over the victim's bruised and bleeding body.
. . . "A country where the laws can be flouted by the rich and powerful is not a country that can safeguard sensitive U.S. nuclear technology," Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) charged after the UAE tape was shown
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Markey made that statement with a straight face . . . irony is dead.