Give me a frickin break!!
Recent news reports from the Iraqi capital indicate that radical Islamists are launching a campaign to prohibit the sale of … falafel. Yes, you heard right, falafel.
While this is the sort of news you might expect to hear from a late night stand-up comedian on television, sadly, this is not a joke, and a number of falafel vendors who failed to heed the warnings have paid with their lives.
Several vendors of the popular deep-fried chickpea sandwich were told they had just two weeks to change their profession or face death. And indeed, several vendors where shot and killed simply for selling falafel sandwiches. The logic offered by the religious zealots – if there is any – in imposing this inane diktat on the people is that there were no falafels in the time of the Prophet Mohammed. (sidebar from Nas: this is about the part where I passed out)
Indeed there were no falafels in ancient Arabia. However, it might be worth pointing out to these same zealots – preferably with much tact – that in the days of the prophet there were no Kalashnikov automatic rifles with which to shoot those who did not follow orders. [source]
I’m literally at a loss for words. Never in my life have a I heard something so out-of-this-universe illogical, but to make matters worse people are actually being killed for it! For me personally, being oceans away from a good falafal sandwich, this gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m dying for a falafel sandwich”.
On the other hand, after reading this I thought to myself: it’s as if this was the surprising news that offered some quintessential evidence that these zelots were in fact loonies. It’s as if this was them crossing the line. As if pulling over a bus full of students and executing them in the streets wasn’t any indication.
I think this is one of the reasons Zarqawi was forced to go to Iraq: there’s no frickin way you’re convincing a Jordanian that “Hashem” is considered haram (a sin)!! They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our falafel!
That’s it…I’m forming a falafel coalition of the willing.
Unbelievable! No really, I don’t believe it; I don’t believe these vendors were killed by people who seriously thought that way. There has to be another explanation.
Hamzeh, that was my first thought as well…but do you know what my second thought was?
what if there isn’t?!
Where do I sign up for the coalition?
Beti, my lawyer’s currently drawing up the paperwork…I’ll keep you updated 😀
Strange days have found us…
That’s ridiculous. I’m with you on the coalition, because one of the things I look forward to when I visit Amman is a falafel sandwich for a quarter dinar. You really can’t beat that.
Are tamer sandwiches allowed? I think they must be… They must issue a nutrionist catalogue, written of course on parchment, with feather and natural ink.
and i suppose the weapons they used to shoot the falafel vendors were of the Sahaba-15 model?
someone better shoot them- err, i mean, behead them.
oh wait, that same point was made one sentence below… didnt even read that.
I can’t stop laughing! LOOOL! This is just sad!
nasnas, count me in the coalition!
And nobody better even think about doing that to shawerma!!! :frikin’ mad:
Hopefully that would happen to burritto vendors
I don’t buy this. Might some other rediculious reason but because of falafel itself??! come on, nobody is that stupid to believe this.
Naseem please tell me this is but a joke.Please,assure me that we are not this stupid..
Zarqawi was killed today according to news reports. He was wounded in a helicopter strike and died of his wounds after being captured.
my comment didnt fully publish. i said whats wrong with burritos??
on topic: this news is ridiculous however; it can be useful in explaining the sanity (or lack of it) of these zealots.
wallahi hommeh il 5asraneen!!
ya3eesh il falafel!!