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Quetzal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 03:45 AM
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US downplays Powell term of 'stupid little island' that caused rift
US downplays Powell description of 'stupid little island' that caused Spain-Morocco dispute

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The State Department moved Wednesday to downplay US Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites)'s offhand comment to an interviewer that the cause of a 2002 dispute between Spain and Morocco that nearly erupted into war was a "stupid little island."

Spokesman Richard Boucher said the spat over the Mediterrean islet known as "Perejil" in Spain and "Leila" in Morocco -- which was resolved after intense US mediation -- had been taken seriously in Washington and particularly by Powell who spent days negotiating between Madrid and Rabat.

"I think that it was obviously not a stupid little island because it was a major issue between major allies," Boucher said when asked about Powell's description of the rocky outcropping that was published in a national men's magazine.

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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 04:20 AM
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1. Sadly, Colin was right.
It is a stupid little island. It is a small island in the Strait of Gibraltar which is MUCH closer to the Moroccan side than to the Spanish side of the strait.

Here is a picture of it;



You could easily swim there from Morocco. The distance is given as 200 meters. It has no human population, but does have a small number of "native" goats.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:06 AM
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2. He was right, but...
it's not good for the US Secretary of State to get caught saying such things.

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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:07 AM
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3. Oh. My. God.

Two nations almost went to war over THAT!

This entire world is completely screwed up. I can't find a decent paying job, but OH NO...that's not important. This here rock with the goats on it, well, by god, we'll be fightin' to the death over that.

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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:21 AM
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4. It isn't the island that is stupid.
Nevertheless, Colin needs to rememeber to take his meds.
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