Secretary General "Soooo Did Not" Soil Underwear - Spokesman
Mr Ban flinched and momentarily half-ducked behind the table before recovering his composure. Mr Maliki did not react.
In honour of the admirable sang froid displayed by the Iraqi prime minister in this incident, Whispers & Moans proudly nominates Mr. Maliki for the Nonchalant Dude of the Year Award.
It later transpired that the shell had exploded a mere 50 metres away. The cucumber-cool PM barely blinked! How hard is that?
It's regrettable that, by reacting as any sane human would do to a concussive blastwave invading one's personal space, Mr. Ban has now characterised himself as - in the parlance of international diplomacy - "a complete wuss". Personally, I wouldn't go within 1,000 miles of Baghdad, so I think it only fair to judge his wussness in the proper perspective.
Glad you're okay, Mr. Secretary General.