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.
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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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