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    #1

    What is this saying?

    The following sentence in bold is generally confusing to me. Could anyone please paraphrase it into easier English? You don't have to explain the meaning of each word.

    At the time, many pundits and politicians would ask: What quite literally "on earth" would possess a developing nation desperately seeking international approval to pull such a dangerous stunt and risk geopolitical fallout?

    Thank you.

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    Re: What is this saying?

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    The following sentence in bold is generally confusing to me. Could anyone please paraphrase it into easier English? You don't have to explain the meaning of each word.

    At the time, many pundits and politicians would ask: What quite literally "on earth" would possess a developing nation desperately seeking international approval to pull such a dangerous stunt and risk geopolitical fallout?

    Thank you.
    Why would a developing nation, especially one in need of international ties, risk international disapproval by supporting or initiating such a dangerous act (probably an act of terrorism) and thereby provoking geopolitical destabilization ?


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    Re: What is this saying?

    Not a teacher

    At the time everyone would ask, "why would a developing nation, desperately seeking international approval, do such a dangerous thing and risk geopolitical disfavour?".
    Last edited by Methuselah; 24-Jun-2008 at 21:09.

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