Arab League Red Faced After Negotiating With Siri, Not Syria
Siri has been blamed for failed peace negotiations with Syria
There were some red faces at the Arab League this week after peace negotiators, hoping to end the violence in Syria, realised they were speaking to Siri, a new voice activated automation feature on Apple’s successful iPhone 4S, rather than Syria.
Renewed relief and optimism, as well as some embarrassment, was being felt among Arab League members today. A spokesman for Oman saying, “What we thought were Syria’s answers now make a lot more sense. We asked them to stop the violence, so they suggested a place to buy UFC tickets. We thought they were just being intentionally difficult and obstructive”.
It is believed the mixup occurred after central telephony systems to League headquarters failed. A Tunisian minister offered his iPhone on loud speaker to make the call to Syria. “It began normally enough, we started with some small talk about the weather. I asked if it was cold in Damascus today, a friendly woman politely replied, bring your sunglasses, it’s going to be nice in Damascus today.” the minister explained.
The Qatari official who noticed the problem said it was a real FSM (Forhead Slapping Moment). “I only realised when I cheekily ended a call with Say hi to your mum for me! and Syria, or as the case was, Siri, told me they had created a reminder to phone my mother.” “I thought, hang on! That’s Siri, not Syria!”. “Boy did we feel silly. I guess that’s what you get for using an iPhone for, pardon the pun, sirious (sic) business.” he said.
It is believed after a very brief moment of laughter at the ridiculousness of what had just transpired, the severity and magnitude of the problem returned and the League promptly got their phone system fixed and set about fresh negotiations.
Calls for the UN to step in and intervene are now at an all time high.