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When Bashar Met Abdullah

The news is full of speculation about the potential consequences of yesterday’s meeting between King Abdullah al-Saud and President Bashar al-Assad. The Saudi king paid a landmark visit to Syria this week, commandeering two of Damascus’s largest hotels for his entourage, and sitting down with the Syrian president to discuss important matters such as the reconcilliation between Hamas and Fatah, the lack of a government in Lebanon, and Iran’s encroaching influence over the Middle East.

Thanks to the efforts of our highly-trained surveillance experts here at The Qnion, we are delighted, once again, to bring you a transcript of this all-important meeting.

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(A door opens)

Abdullah: Bashar!

Bashar: Abdullah!

Abdullah: Get over here, you rascal!

Bashar: It’s been too long, really it has!

(Air kissing and pleasantries are heard)

Bashar: How was your trip?

Abdullah: Oh, fine, fine.

Bashar: I hope the hotels are comfortable.

Abdullah: Splendid, splendid.

Bashar: (impressed) I see that you brought quite the entourage.

Abdullah: That’s how I roll.

Bashar: Aww yeah!

Abdullah: What can I say? It’s good to be the king. Listen, I know we’re going to sit down later with all the advisors and what-have-you, but I just wanted to have a little one-on-one first, you know what I’m saying?

Bashar: Absolutely.

Abdullah: You know, just make sure we’re on the same page.

Bashar: You read my mind.

Abdullah: Ok, good. So… Iran?

Bashar: Yeah?

Abdullah: They’re encroaching.

Bashar: Oh come on, now…

Abdullah: They’re encroaching

Bashar: Abdullah…

Abdullah: I’m telling ya Bashar, they’re encroaching.

Bashar: (sighs wearily) How are they encroaching?

Abdullah: They just are, the way that they do.

Bashar: Where?

Abdullah: All over the goddamn place. Iraq. Lebanon. Palestine. Washington! It’s incorrigible.

Bashar: (slyly) Don’t you mean “encroachable”?

Abdullah: Bashar, this is no laughing matter. If Iran keeps encroaching into the Sunni Arab heartland, then before you know it the whole region’s gonna be awash in heretical, Hussein-loving, Karbala-commemorating , martyrdom-obssessed Shiite splinter groups.

Bashar: (tightly) Umm.

Abdullah: Don’t you understand? This isn’t just about politics! This is about God’s will! Good and evil! Right and wrong! The forces of light and darkness! Sunnis and Shiites!

Bashar: Yeah, umm… I’m an Alawite?

Abdullah: An Ala-who?

Bashar: We’re, umm. We’re like Shiites?

(A pause)

Abdullah: No kidding. I didn’t know that! Wow!

Bashar: Yeah.

Abdullah: Wow!

Bashar: Yeah.

Abdullah: So are you, like, Twelvers? Or Fivers? Or, umm… Seveners? So many goddamn Ers I can’t keep ’em straight, ha ha!

Bashar: Never mind. Look, don’t worry about Iran, ok? Can we talk about Lebanon?

Abdullah: I don’t see what there is to talk about. How about getting Hezbollah to play ball?

Bashar: (angry) How about you get March 14 to play ball?

Abdullah: (angry) They won the fricking election fair and square, ok? I paid good hard cash to make sure of that! And I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let a bunch of rag-tag Shiite clerics cock this up…

Bashar: Watch it…

Abdullah: Huh? Oh, yeah. Sorry.

Bashar: (airily) Look, I’ll talk to Hezbollah about it, but I can’t make any guarantees.

Abdullah: Well then, neither can I.

(There is a pause)

Bashar: I’ll do what I can, but I can’t promise anything.

Abdullah: Me neither.

(Another pause)

Bashar: I’m not saying that I can’t force them to do what I want. Obviously, I can. One phone call, that’s all it takes.

Abdullah: Of course.

Bashar: I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’ve got Hezbollah in the palm of my hand, know what I mean? I own their asses. When I say jump…

Abdullah: They say “how high”… I get you, man. It’s, ahem, the same with me and March 14, naturally.

Bashar: Naturally.

Abdullah: Yup.

(A pause)

Bashar: Oh, who the hell are we kidding?!

Abdullah: (hanging his head in shame) I don’t know!!

Bashar: I can’t get those crazies to do anything!

Abdullah: Me neither! They don’t listen to a word I say!

Bashar: Ingrates!

Abdullah: I mean, who do they think they are? I told Saad to let Aoun have what he wanted. Did he listen? No! I mean, who the hell cares about the fricking telecommunications ministry? I’m going to end up bailing them out in five years anyway!

Bashar: Exactly! And I told Hezbollah to stop worrying about veto powers in the cabinet. If anyone tries any monkey business with their weapons, Syria will just invade Lebanon under the pretext of defeating the Zionist plot to establish Greater Israel!

Abdullah: Exactly! I mean…

Bashar & Abdullah together: … WHO THE HELL CARES?!

(There is a knock at the door)

Assistant: Sir, the press conference is about to begin.

Abdullah: Ok, we’re coming.

Bashar: Anyway.

Abdullah: (tired) Yeah.

Bashar: Should we just…

Abdullah: …continue to pretend like we’re all-powerful when in fact we’re completely irrelevant and the deadlock is entirely about the Lebanese and their ridiculous egos? Sure.

Bashar: Alrighty then.

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Translation by Qifa Nabki

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Discussion

10 thoughts on “When Bashar Met Abdullah

  1. Now I’m lost … Bashar is Alawite?!

    Are you sure?!

    Fine, so that explains why he supports Hizbollah and Iran .. but how come Iraq’s Shite Prime minister is upset that Bashar is backing the Sunnis in Iraq?!

    Posted by Alex | October 9, 2009, 4:21 pm
  2. Alex

    Iraq’s PM is no doubt angry because he doesn’t view Bashar as a real Shiite. 😉

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | October 9, 2009, 4:25 pm
  3. Awaiting the full transcript, in which I. Fares decides which rump to kiss.

    Posted by J of Chalcedon | October 9, 2009, 11:17 pm
  4. QN,

    Did something get in the translation? I mean khaliji and Syrian dialects???

    We might see in a few days…

    Posted by danny | October 10, 2009, 7:41 am
  5. *sorry…Get lost in translation?

    Posted by danny | October 10, 2009, 7:44 am
  6. This is a satire and humor article published on Assafir in Arabic three days ago.

    So, don’t get it serious.

    Posted by Wein | October 10, 2009, 2:12 pm
  7. Really? Assafir is now publishing Qnion satires? Please provide a link! 😉

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | October 10, 2009, 2:27 pm
  8. Hahaha.. thanks for the laugh–and might not be super far from the truth! I once worked at a Lebanese TV station and we could sometimes here the conversations between ‘leaders’ when they sat on the couches for photo ops. We had to turn the volume you down as protocol but I assure you some pretty hysterical stuff was being said.

    Posted by habib | October 10, 2009, 2:32 pm
  9. “continue to pretend like we’re all-powerful when in fact we’re completely irrelevant and the deadlock is entirely about the Lebanese and their ridiculous egos? ”

    That is wishful thinking. Oh how I wish for reality to ape Qnion:-) But the fact of the matter is that each of the major Lebanese politicians has been bought and sold many times , just like the CDO of a CDO, that they are not sure who owns them anylonger.

    Posted by ghassan karam | October 10, 2009, 6:41 pm
  10. Hey QN, we want to know what was the discussion in yesterday’s lunch between Hariri and Aoun! 😀

    Posted by maya zankoul | October 13, 2009, 5:55 am

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