Friday, May 10, 2013

If It Was Good Enough For Afghanistan & Iraq, Why Not Cambridge, MA?

The most dangerous of statements is "Can I ask you a question?" Today, The Deadline Poet asks why the drones are not flying over the Charles River since the Chechen terrorist siblings — living in Cambridge — set off a pair of bombs in the finish area of the 2013 Boston Marathon. If the fomenters of jihad that resulted in the attacks of 9/11 were hiding in Afghanistan and that produced a U.S. invasion that soon will resemble Saigon with people trying to board departing helicopters as they did on April 30, 1975. Of course, The Dubster and his Merry Men attempted to link Saddam Hussein with 9/11 and many folks in the USA still believe that the invasion of Iraq was retaliation for 9/11. Now, a pair of siblings with connections to Chechnya are generally accepted as the perpetrators of the Boston Massacre II. If retaliation was good enough for the Afghans and the Iraqis, why aren't the denizens of Harvard Yard practicing Duck'n Cover? If this is a (fair & balanced) rationale for military invasion, so be it.

[x The Nation]
A Question
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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For years we’ve been willing to conquer a place
That’s nurtured, abetted or aided
The radical terrorist threatening us.
Should Cambridge, then, now be invaded? Ω

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]

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