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I didn't know where else to put this topic.....

 

Anyway, did you know that we all have something in common with Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who Newsweek calls "The Most Dangerous Man In Iraq"?

 

In this week's Newsweek (12/4/06), there is a cover story about him. Inside (page 29-30) the article says that, referring to al-Sadr, "Some called him 'Mullah Atari', because he apparently enjoyed videogames as a kid"

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Problem solved: dig up those ET carts and send them all to him. See that he has NOTHING else to play but those 1 million ET carts.

 

He'd go nut and surrender in a hurry. :D :lol:

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The Atari 2600 (and clones) did well in the middle east, and I read that the word 'Atari' is synonymous with videogames there, like 'Kleenex' is synonymous with facial tissues here.

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Why is it wrong? It's interesting but it doesn't change the fact that he's an asshole that hates the West.

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The Atari 2600 (and clones) did well in the middle east, and I read that the word 'Atari' is synonymous with videogames there, like 'Kleenex' is synonymous with facial tissues here.

Down here everything video game related is a Nintendo. I know what you mean. :P

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Problem solved: dig up those ET carts and send them all to him. See that he has NOTHING else to play but those 1 million ET carts.

 

He'd go nut and surrender in a hurry. :D :lol:

 

 

Better yet, *bury* him with those ET carts and everyone's problems will really be solved. :P

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I didn't know where else to put this topic.....

 

Anyway, did you know that we all have something in common with Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who Newsweek calls "The Most Dangerous Man In Iraq"?

 

In this week's Newsweek (12/4/06), there is a cover story about him. Inside (page 29-30) the article says that, referring to al-Sadr, "Some called him 'Mullah Atari', because he apparently enjoyed videogames as a kid"

 

 

Heya Leonard, its not surprising - Atari was making a sales push in the middle east in the early 80's. I seem to remember various contests, giveaways, etc. at the time being mentioned in various Atari newsletters, magazines, etc.

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This topic isn't doing much to disprove the urban myth that gamers are crazy :ponder: :D

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Why is it wrong? It's interesting but it doesn't change the fact that he's an asshole that hates the West.

Are you sure that's a fact? Or isn't it possible that it is instead just a sort of vague assumption you've formed in your own mind based on little snatches of things you've heard from U.S. government officials (or were those private think tank pundits?) that you think might have been about Muqtada al-Sadr (or some other Muslim at least) and ominous fear-mongering portrayals on the cover of Newsweek or on Dateline?

 

Al-Sadr has shown no signs of "hating the West" any more than anyone else in the world and it's a ridiculous stretch to say that he's anything like the most dangeous man in Iraq.

 

But go ahead and decide for yourself who is dangerous, just don't let people and organizations who have dangerous agendas of their own make the decision for you.

 

 

...word is bondage...

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isn't it Bush who hates the east, he who illegally invades Iraq, he who wants to enforce 'his' laws onto Eastern countries, etc....we can all honestly say that it is Bush who's the more dangerous man (and his poodle Blair). Although Blair is not dangerous as such, he's just a dictators follower...

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That's pretty much the truth right there. WTF are we still in Iraq anyways? It's going to go back to the way it was when the US leaves, even if it's 20 years from now, just leave now and atleast save some of those boys over there getting blown up all the time.

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Sadr has the blood of many american soldiers on his hands (mostly from Najaf) and it's amazing that the US wimped out and didn't finish the job there when they had the chance.

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Sadr has the blood of many american soldiers on his hands (mostly from Najaf) and it's amazing that the US wimped out and didn't finish the job there when they had the chance.

 

What is the point? You kill him and a thousand worse radicals will instantly replace him ;)

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What is the point? You kill him and a thousand worse radicals will instantly replace him ;)

 

One pissed off radical by himself can only cause so much damage on his own. A strong leader that a lot of people follow causes a LOT more damage. True leaders are not so easily replaced. Take that guy out and it's still a net gain in the end.

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What is the point? You kill him and a thousand worse radicals will instantly replace him ;)

 

One pissed off radical by himself can only cause so much damage on his own. A strong leader that a lot of people follow causes a LOT more damage. True leaders are not so easily replaced. Take that guy out and it's still a net gain in the end.

 

Yes and by all accounts the world has disposed of a dozen radical leaders who have all been replaced by men with the mentality of mad dogs. I am not saying ignore them but recent history shows that there is no end to these maniacs ;)

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I am not saying ignore them but recent history shows that there is no end to these maniacs ;)

 

There will be an end along the lines of Missile Command if our good friend in Iran has his way.

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Sheesh ... nice discussion here, guys. some of you sound about as extreme as those you hate so much.

 

I think it's kind of cool to find some culture that we have in common with the Arab world, who is so far removed from us in so many ways.

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I assume that says "Atari" in Arabic.

 

It looks about right, but I'm not sure about that second alif. Can anyone post a picture of the "star" 65XE logo so we can take a look at the Arabic translation of "Atari"?

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