quinta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2013

If you're reading this, you're smart enough

diz a colunista Paula Gordon no blog, e tal como ela gostaria de realçar a analise de Paul Ekman da entrevista de Assad a um jornalista americano.
"Assad was superior to Rose and Obama. A better game player."
"Only once did I see #Assad slip (lapso) About the eighth minute of the interview when Assad claimed that his soldiers were attacked with chemical weapons, a very fast micro expression of enjoyment leaked, what I call duping delight."
[ what I call duping delight, the near irresistible thrill some people feel in taking a risk and getting away with it. Sometimes it includes contempt for the target who is being so ruthlessly and successfully exploited. It is hard to contain duping delight; those who feel it want to share their accomplishments with others, seeking admiration for their exploits.] - Paul Ekman
"It wasn't a fair match. Assad and Charlie Rose were playing by different rules. Rose was after a truthful admission of what Assad had done - poison gassing his own people. Assad had no intention of admitting the truth, the trick was how to do that without having to lie - never say anything he knew was false, and which could easily be proven to be so. Instead he smothered Rose with every conceivable possible explanation other than the true one, challenging Rose to disprove each one. An impossible task.
Only once was Assad forthright -- asserting that he would not say whether or not he had poison gas stockpiles. The Israelis don't admit that they have nuclear weapons; why should he have to acknowledge possessing poison gas? In my terms, he was claiming the right to keep that secret.
Assad was a master of evasion, dodging, weaving, demanding absolute certainty; he treated the interview as a game of chess, making the necessary moves to avoid having to admit the evidence he knows (I believe) is there.
Only once did I see Assad slip. About the eighth minute of the interview when Assad claimed that his soldiers were attacked with chemical weapons, a very fast micro expression of enjoyment leaked, what I call duping delight. He was having fun forcing Rose to disprove that possibility. Ten minutes later when they discussed the "red line," a micro expression of contempt slipped out. Assad was superior to Rose and Obama. A better game player.
In the last minutes of the interview Assad's demeanor changed completely. He told, what I think, he believes is an accurate description of the situation in Syria, and his role as the rescuer of his country. Grant him his interpretation of events in Syria and it will be nearly impossible to persuade him to ever end the killing."