Friday, January 30, 2015

2, 4, 6, 8 — It's Time To Recalibrate

It is one of the most puzzling facts of the worst national tragedy of this century (so far) — 15 of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. The others were from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon. In de facto response to the attack on 9/11, the United States (in essence) attacked Afghanistan and Iraq. The reason for this off-target response: O.I.L. The Saudi scum are flogging a poor blogger under a sentence of 1,000 lashes with a cane. The punishment was halted (temporarily) at 100 lashes because the wretch was near death. If this is a (fair & balanced) plea for a new and different strategery in the Middle East, so be it.

[x The Nation]
King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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So why did we remain steadfastly loyal
To this repressive, autocratic royal
Whose nation’s where jihadist teachers thrive?
Two hints: it’s black. Without it, cars can’t drive. 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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