Monday, November 19, 2007

Who let the dogs out? 


Dog is supposed to be man's best friend but it may not be the right mode of protection if you are a pious leader of an Islamic state with a reputation for forgoing luxuries.

So perhaps, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, should have known better than to allow his security team to deploy four highly trained sniffer dogs in a search for explosives before his appearance at the national press exhibition.

It hardly helped that journalists attending the event at Tehran's youth artistic and cultural centre were ordered outside for more than two hours to enable the animals to scour the venue unhindered, before it was declared safe for the president.

The incident has put Ahmadinejad in the dog house with his critics, who point out the contradiction between the canine deployment and classic Islamic teaching that dogs are unclean.

I've always said that the world needs a good bomb-sniffing cat.


By Blogger Pax Federatica, at Tue Nov 20, 01:54:00 AM:

I've always said that the world needs a good bomb-sniffing cat.

But aren't cats unclean too?  

By Blogger joated, at Tue Nov 20, 07:43:00 AM:

Damn cat would find the bomb, make sure it was armed,---

---and then sulk off in search of some catnip while the thing blew up whoever carried the cat to the search location in one of those cat carriers.

Besides, cats are too damn smart to play with explosives.  

By Blogger D.E. Cloutier, at Tue Nov 20, 08:19:00 AM:

A police unit in Colombia uses rats to find land mines. Some other places do, too.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Tue Nov 20, 09:21:00 AM:

Only a Jungle Trader would know that, DEC.  

By Blogger D.E. Cloutier, at Tue Nov 20, 09:39:00 AM:

If you ever need sniffer rats, you can contact APOPO:


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Nov 20, 11:35:00 AM:

The Bengal Tiger is a cat, too! The use of that cat, an often 700 pound feline, would challenge any trainer to do bomb-sniffing chores.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 21, 07:31:00 AM:

"I've always said that the world needs a good bomb-sniffing cat."

How about wasps?  

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