Ma’ Salaama, Mustafa

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 Syrian born film producer, Mustafa Akkad was killed in the terrorist attacks on the Jordanian hotel industry.  His brother Sammy (short for Ousama), was my instructor back at the Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center.  Sammy was a good guy.  He liked to make jokes and drink a beer or two if it wasn’t Ramadan.  He was very proud of his brother’s accomplishments in Hollywood.    As part of our curriculum, Sammy would make sure we got to watch The Message.  A film about Mohammed the Prophet, that due to Muslim law, could not actually depict the image or voice of the prophet (or his immediate family) onscreen.  Needless to say you have to be pretty damn creative to figure out how to pull that one off. 

Sammy was very indulgent of our questions pertaining to his brother that would distract from learning Arabic like, "Is there going to be another Halloween movie" or "Is it true that Jamie Lee Curtis is a hermaphrodite?"

My condolences to Sammy, his family, and the people of Allepo, Syria for your loss. 

_41007206_akkad_ap203body.jpg Mustafa and his daughter Rima at her wedding.  She was also killed in the attack.

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6 Responses to “Ma’ Salaama, Mustafa”

  1. Katherine Coble Says:

    1. What language did you learn? Are you keeping some big arabic secret that adds to the multifaceted ness of you?2. Is it true that JLC has Turner’s?

  2. Sarcastro Says:

    I learned Arabic with the Syrian/Lebanese/Jordanian dialect. I don’t know what Turner’s is.

  3. Katherine Coble Says:

    Well, i’m impressed with the arabic. That’s kind of cool.Turner’s is supposedly the hermaphrodite thing—the tiny penis and no vagina deal

  4. sgazzetti Says:

    Was Sammy the instructor you had with the great fixation on English verb tense, aspect, and voice e.g.:”I will kick you out of the classroom!””You will be kicked…!””There will be kicking…!””You will have been kicked…!”?

  5. Exador Says:

    You really should warn people that you’ve been trained in interrogation by the US government.

  6. Sarcastro Says:

    Sgazz,Yep, Sammy is the one who would conjugate all the way to pluperfect on how much kicking there would eventually be.

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