War of Peacecraft

  • Aired:  01/23/14
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Syria's foreign minister sparks a word war with other world leaders at a summit in Switzerland. (3:45)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME TO

"THE DAILYSHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A GOOD ONE TONIGHT.

MY GUEST TONIGHT ANJAN SUNDARAM.

ANJAN SUNDARAM HE HAS WRITTEN ABOOK ABOUT HIS TIME IN THE

CONGO.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT OVERSEAS INA LAND SO CENTRAL TO WORLD

FUNCTION THAT THE MOST MAJORECONOMIC AND GEOPOLITICAL

DECISIONS MUST BE MADE THERE.

I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUTSWITZERLAND.

I'M TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUTSWITZERLAND.

[ LAUGHTER ]YES.

YES THOSE CHOCOLATE MAKING CLOCKSUCKERS HAVE MADE THEMSELVES THE

DESTINATION FOR THE WORLD'S MOSTPOWERFUL INDIVIDUALS.

IMPRESSING WITH THEIRRESOURCEFULNESS AND LET'S CALL

THEIR AMORAL ATTITUDE

TOWARDS NAZI GOLD NEUTRALITY.

WHO IS IN SWITZERLAND?

>> THE RICH AND POWERFUL ARE ATTHE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM NOW.

>> Jon: RICH AND POWERFUL.

I WONDER WHERE THE RICH ANDPOWERLESS GATHER?

WHAT ELSE?

>> WAR OF WORDS IN GENEVA.

>> Jon: NOW WE'RE GOINGSOMEWHERE.

>> FIREWORKS FLY AT THE START OFTHE SYRIAN PEACE CONFERENCE.

>> FIGHTING WORDS.

>> TEMPERS ARE FLARING.

>> Jon: A WORD WAR.

THAT'S THE WORST KIND OF WAR.

[LAUGHTER]YOU KNOW MY GRANDPA SERVED THREE

TOURS IN WORD WAR II.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[ LAUGHTER ]I REMEMBER HE CAME HOME.

SOMEBODY CALLED HIM A (bleep)AND --

[LAUGHTER]-- HE GOT THAT FAR AWAY LOOK IN

HIS EYES LIKE HE WAS THINKINGABOUT GRAMMAR.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT APPARENTLY NOT ONLY ARE THE

RICH AND POWERFUL GATHERING INDAVOS BUT DIPLOMATS

SIMULTANEOUSLY CONVERGING INMONTREUX SWITZERLAND TO

NEGOTIATE AN END TO SYRIA'SBRUTAL 3-YEAR CIVIL WAR AND THEYARE THE ONES ENGAGING IN A WORDWAR.

THE SITUATION HAS DETERIORATEDSO MUCH THAT EVEN THE DELEGATES

HANDSHAKE HAVE TO PASS THROUGHAN INTERMEDIARY.

[ LAUGHTER ]TO THE WORD WAR.

>> YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK, ILIVE IN SYRIA.

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE THESYRIAN VERSION HERE IN THIS

FORUM.

>> YES, OF COURSE.

>> THIS IS MY RIGHT AS A SYRIAN.

>> WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMECONSTRUCTIVE AND HARMONIOUS

DIALOG.

>> YOU SPOKE 25 MINUTES.

>> YOU SAID INFLAMMATORY OF[SPEAKING AT ONCE]

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: THAT'S YOUR WORD WAR?

THAT LITTLE EXCHANGE WOULDQUALIFY AS THE NICEST SEDER I'VEEVER

BEEN TO.

I'VE SEEN GAMES OF SCRABBLE THAT

HAVE GOTTEN UGLIER THAN THAT.

SINBAD IS A PROPER NOUN(bleep).

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM HERE?

>> AS OF A FEW DAYS AGO HE'SRUNNING FOR REELECTION.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: OH, NO, REELECTION,

WELL I HOPE GASSING HIS OWNPEOPLE DOESN'T HURT HIM IN THE

THE PRIMARIES.

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