Upsetting
Monday, October 07, 2002
 
A U.S.-Iraq war, the unrest in Israel and the occupied territories, and the apparent relentless desire of Muslim extremists to bring the United States of America to its knees combine to form a Perfect Storm that threatens the future of the world.
It’s getting really hot, I told Kevin today, and something’s gotta give. This can’t go on forever.

“The prefect solution,” he said. “Would be for us to bomb Iraq, and Iraq to nuke Israel and the Palestinians.”
“Both sides,” I said, coming to terms with the idea. “Just vanish them all and start over?”
“That’s all,” he said. “Wipe it all out, have ‘em shoot for teams and start over.”
I told him the perfect solution would be like in the cartoons, when Jerry slowly saws a hole around a sleeping Tom, causing the blue cat to fall through the floor. Just cut away all the land that is Israel and the territories and push it out to sea – or sink it.
“Yeah, or like Etch A Sketch,” Kevin said. “Just shake the screen and start over again.”

“Maybe just pave the whole area,” I suggested. “Nothing but blacktop from the Med Sea to Saudia Arabia. Maybe line it with parking spaces, and make it a big parking lot.”
“Why not?” He said, firm in his belief that anything would be better than it is today.
“Say to them, Listen, you had 50 odd years to sort this thing out, and you’re obviously having no luck.”
“Right,” he said. “You guys are both right, and you’re both wrong. But we’ve had enough, and now it has to come to an end.”
“See ya at the Christmas party.”
He nodded and started walking away.
“Yep,” he said. “See ya at the Christmas party.”
 
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