Linguistic Codification

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Akbar “Zeb” versus “Dick” Cheney

The difference between the civilized world & the Islamic world:

Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney (born January 30, 1941) served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 under George W. Bush. He briefly served as Acting President of the United States on two occasions during which Bush underwent medical procedures.
He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he served the latter as White House Chief of Staff. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming; he was re-elected five times (regardless of his name), eventually becoming House Minority Whip. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush’s term. During this time, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions.
Out of office during the Clinton presidency, Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000.

Miangul Akbar Zeb is a Pakistani diplomat and is currently Pakistan’s high commissioner to Canada.
In February 2010, several blogs reported that Zeb had been denied an ambassadorship in Saudi Arabia because the name “Akbar Zeb” would translate in Arabic to “biggest dick”. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Zeb described this as a “practical joke someone played on the Internet” and a “hoax story”. The High Commission reported that Zeb’s family name, historically spelled as “Zaib”, means “someone with good countenance”.

So, even if Zeb denied that he was refused, he was refused to work in Saudi Arabia because of his name. Can you believe it? How shallow! While Dick (in his native language & he worked in the US) worked as Vice President, regardless of what his name is.


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