August 9, 2006 Special Dispatch No. 1236

Syrian Author Colette Khuri Attacks U.S. Secretary of State Rice: ‘It Is the Internal Ugliness of this Woman that Reflects on Her Looks’

August 9, 2006
Syria | Special Dispatch No. 1236

The following are excerpts from an interview with Syrian author Colette Khuri, which aired on Syrian TV on August 3, 2006. TO VIEW THIS CLIP:

Colette Khuri: "There are people in America and Europe who do not know that resistance makes you walk with your head high. How can they possibly call it terrorism? They do not realize that the world's greatest terrorist is Bush, who in my opinion resembles Nero."


Interviewer: "Let's talk about the 'birth pangs' mentioned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, when she talked about the Middle East plan, with its various names. Who suffers pain here?"

Colette Khuri: "If I were asked, as an author, to portray malice, I would sketch an image of Condoleezza Rice. This woman is grim, both in the way she looks and in the way she is inside. I don't know why she is always malicious from within. Malicious over what? What have we ever done to her? This woman has no right to talk about birth pangs, since she does not know the meaning of birth pangs.

"I want to explain to the viewers that birth pangs are that painful yet delightful moment that precedes the most important moment in life - childbirth. The birth of a child is the birth of hope, the birth of love. Birth pangs are a delightful moment. It is a combination of pain and delight. That is the moment that precedes creation - the creation of life. How can she possibly call the destruction and crimes in Lebanon birth pangs? She is killing children, and calling it birth pangs. This phase leads to the destruction and the death of the Arabs. How can she? How come she has the right to talk about birth pangs? This is nauseating. More than rage, I feel nauseated. True, I am enraged, but I feel nauseated."


Interviewer: "In any case, her external ugliness reflects her internal ugliness..."

Colette Khuri: "It's the other way around, my dear. It is the internal ugliness that is reflected in one's face. A woman can only be ugly from the inside."

Interviewer: "True."

Colette Khuri: "Any woman can be beautiful, if she is beautiful from within. It is the internal ugliness of this woman that reflects her looks."

Interviewer: "She has the right to feel pain, because her baby-plan was stillborn."

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