Monday, September 18, 2006

A Clear Message of Peace Unto the World

OK, the time had come to take the bull by its horns, so to speak. I was determined to get a clear renunciation of violence from the major nations of the world. All I had to do was get each nation to agree on the language in the declaration.

In order to get out a concerted message, I knew that I would have to translate the message into various other languages to ensure that the message was unambiguous and clear for each country. Luckily for me, I had access to a godsend, Google's translation tool, which allowed me to translate to and from each of the following languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Even luckier, that was the exact order of nations that I would be visiting.

My mission: send a translated version of an English peace statement to each nation in turn, wait for changes, receive the message translated back into English, and then move on to the next nation. The end result: a clear, unambiguous message of peace for the whole world to see.

I started with an English message that I thought would be acceptable for most countries:
Today, together, all nations and all peoples of the world stand strong in the face of terror and violence. We say unequivocally, "Let all nations lay down their weapons, their intolerance, and their hate, and begin now to speak with one another and to negotiate a fair and just peace." Let us no more make war for the sake of ideology or religion.
I translated it into German, sent it off to the Germans, and waited to see what I would get back. The Germans considered my text and sent it back with only a few amendments:
Today together all nations and all peoples of the world stand in view of the terror and the act of violence strongly. We say unmistakably, „all nations their weapons, its intolerance and its hate to lay down let, and begin now to speak and a fair and about a fair peace negotiate with one another. “Us to NO more mark war around sake the ideology or the religion leave.
The Germans dropped "stand strong" and replaced this with "in view", but I liked the emphasis on the word "NO". A strong statement from the Germans. It was going well so far.

So I translated this into Spanish and sent it off. This is what I got back:
Today together all the nations and all the people of the world are stopped due to the terror and to the act of the violence strongly. We say unmistakably, „all the nations its arms, its intolerancia and its hatred to place we left, and now we began to speak and a fair and on a right peace negotiates with one another. “We to not more military of the mark around the reason the ideology or the license of the religion.
Apparently, the Spanish had decided that "in view" was less impressive than "are stopped". They seemed to insist on keeping this unknown Spanish word "intolerancia", but I could live with that. I wasn't too sure about "place we left", nor about licensing religion, but I didn't want to quibble. I had to move on.

Next stop: the French. What would they do to my text?
Today together all nations and all people of the world are due decree to the terror and of the act of violence strongly. We say unmistakably, „all nations its arms, its intolerancia and its hatred at the place us on the left, and now we started to speak and a fair and on a good peace negotiates between them. “Us with more military of the mark around the reason the ideology or the licence of the religion.
It seems that the French were trying to say that our societies were built on terror and violence, somehow. It was also trying to add partisanship by moving away from the left. They also thought the best way forward was to run a fair.

On to Italy:
Today with all the nations and all people of the world are strongly decree had to the terror and of the action of the violence. We say unmistakably, „all the nations the relative crews, relative intolerancia and relative hatred to the place we on the left and hour have begun to speak and a fair and on a good peace negotiates between they. “We with more soldier of the mark around to the reason ideology or the patent of the religion.
That Spanish word is still around. I'm not sure who the Italians meant by "crews", but maybe they were talking about the media. They also had something against their relatives. I also note that they brought up their old claim to having patented religion. Those Italians.

I had to move on. Off to Portugal:
Today with all the nations and all the peoples of the world are strong decree had that the terror and of the action of the violence. We say unmistakably, „all the nations the relative groups, intolerancia relative and hatred relative to the place we in the left and the hour started to speak and a fair and in a good peace negotiates them in the way. “We with more soldier of the mark around to ideology of the reason or the patent of the religion.
Somehow our message now seemed to be condoning violence, and condemning relatives. They also wanted to add reasonable ideologies to patented religions.

Now we hit the big guys. I had to sell this to the Arabs. Here's the text I got in return:
Today, with all nations and all peoples in the world that the forces of terrorism and acts of violence. And I say in clear, that "all countries and groups with intolerancia. With hatred for the place and left in an hour and just started talking in a good negotiating peace in this way. "With more than marking soldiers to the ideology about the reason or innocence of religion.
Apparently, the Arabs pretty much claimed that all nations in the world joined with the forces of terrorism. They started talking about peace, but they left after an hour. They also tried to claim that religion was innocent.

On to Japan:
All nations and all people of today and the world and power and use of violence of terrorism. And I all countries and the group of intolerancia say “with the elbowroom. Hatred being left, for the place and in 1 hours and in peace in of good negotiation this way it was begun exactly, speak. From the soldier of sign to ideology “the reason of religion or concerning the innocence many.
Japan was growing jaded with the language here, and claimed that all nations use violence and terrorism. Mostly, Japan is concerned about "elbowroom"; that must be because of their crowded living conditions. And then something about soldiers learning the reason for religion.

Next stop: Korea:
All nation and all people and the world and force and use of today of violence of terrorism. And all nation and the group of intolerancia somethings to say which have I elbowroom “. When with 1 hour from peace of good negotiation, because the hatred which lets to put in place and inside it did like this and it accurately it talks was started. From the military personnel of indication “religion it worries purely in idealism, reason be many.
I got the feeling that the Koreans were trying to avoid saying very much at all. They just listed the topics of discussion. Something Eastern and mystical, I guess, talking about what's inside, and then wrapping it up with a discussion about idealism.

Last stop was China:
And the people of various ethnic groups in the world all forces, and with today's terrorist violence. Intolerancia all countries and groups, I elbowroom head. In one well-hour talks, which allow it to create hatred and so accurate, but the talks started. From the soldiers expressed "concern purely religious ideals, The reasons are many.
China's additions to the statement of peace: 1) Intolerance for all countries and groups. 2) I elbowroom head. 3) Talks create hatred.

So there you have it. A clear message of peace and tolerance to the world in a joint statement from ten major powers in the world. Here it is again:

And the people of various ethnic groups in the world all forces, and with today's terrorist violence. Intolerancia all countries and groups, I elbowroom head. In one well-hour talks, which allow it to create hatred and so accurate, but the talks started. From the soldiers expressed "concern purely religious ideals, The reasons are many.

I recommend putting it on a poster.

Yehuda

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