May 4, 2007


Lady in red brings abrupt end to US-Iran gala dinner date (Anne Penketh, 05 May 2007, Independent)

The hosts had put on a feast of langoustine and beef, served with wine at the Sheraton hotel. A violinist was playing background music from the stage. Enter the Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki. The first thing he noticed was that he had been seated at the same table as the American Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Opposite her, in fact.

He then noticed the violinist, who was dressed in a long red evening dress and wrapped in a stole. Moments later - before Ms Rice arrived - he flounced out.

Was it because of the "scantily clad" violinist in the sleeveless red dress, as the Iranians are said to have complained?

Was it because of the seating plan, after the Iranians had made it clear that the Foreign Minister was not ready to talk to the head of the American delegation? Or was it the alcohol on the table?

The incident left other guests at Ms Rice's table, including the British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, bemused.

"I don't know which woman he was afraid of, the woman in the red dress or the Secretary of State," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said wryly yesterday.

What a girlie-man.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2007 7:46 PM

Or maybe it was the lack of a foot-washing fixture in the men's room.

Posted by: ray at May 4, 2007 11:01 PM

You know Islamists can't control themselves when they saw a woman. They either cover them up, or kill them, or rape them. Since he couldn't do any of that, the poor dear was helpless. It's better to make a fool of himself by withdrawing, than make a fool of himself doing what he is used to do. Pathetic.

Posted by: ic at May 5, 2007 2:04 AM

Perhaps he was afraid he might have to kiss her hand. Or that he might get arrested, like Rafsanjani's man on the nuclear negotiating committee. Or that a Jew might be in the room. Or that sitting at the same table would shrink his member.

All the mullahs and the nutjobs are girlie-men. It's a feature we should exploit, no?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 5, 2007 5:38 AM

A conflict of sorts between Iran's minister and these other folk, including Rice, over how a woman should behave.

And what side do the international left, the Kos-sacks, the Sheehan-ites, the Chavez-istas, place them selves squarely?

Uh huh.

Posted by: Andrew X at May 5, 2007 11:02 AM