Saturday, February 26, 2011

Middle East In Flames, And I'm Missing The Party

This certainly has been an exciting few weeks on the burning sands! Somehow, the hammerlock of terror held over the locals in the Mideast has been BROKEN and they're raising MERRY HELL. After WEEKS of Hosni Mubarak saying he'll never, ever leave his job, and you can't make him...he's GONE, baby. Now Muammar al-Gaddafy is saying the same thing -- hell, no, I won't go! -- as the cheering rebels close in on him. Who's next, for crying out loud? Who's running Yemen these days? Does he own a Kevlar vest? Is the king of Saudi Arabia laying in canned goods? We know it's never dull in Iraq, but are they stockpiling shotgun shells in Kuwait? Is Palestine still standing? (OK, that was a dumb question.)

Meanwhile, on a drive home from work I saw that the price of a gallon of gas, which had been dancing its way up to $3.25 for DAYS, had dropped to $2.99...and a mile further along at another station, it had spiked to $3.49. Why? Gaddafy has decided HE'S GOING TO TAKE IT WITH HIM and is blowing up all the oil pipelines in Libya. The newscasters are starting to make snippy little remarks about how he's an overly flashy dresser, and one even called him a "glorified goat herder." If THAT's not the beginning of the end, I don't know what is. The poor man must be terrified. They really don't like my outfits!!??

As I type this, I realize it's not that different HERE. There are guys with tricorn hats on every corner, waving flags and vowing loudly to TAKE THE COUNTRY BACK. (Wait -- take it back from who? The guy they just voted into office 2 years ago? Is that the one they're after?) When I look out the window, the homeless are even more numerous than the Tea Partiers, and THEY at least KNOW WHAT THEY WANT, unlike their bellering companions on the sidewalk. They're like the Crows and Seagulls in that Hitchcock movie...MASSING out there. FOR WHAT? Stay tuned!

It's all very bracing. Sabotage! Insurrection! Gunfire! Chanting mobs! Calcified regimes torn down to the ankles! ARE WE NEXT?

Speaking of things being torn down to the ankles, I have to say it WARMS THE COCKLES OF MY HEART to hear that Baby Doc came back to Haiti and promptly found himself in HANDCUFFS. I mean, the people of Haiti have really taken it in the shorts this year and they're STILL spunky enough to throw their ex-dictator -- pudgier than ever, I might add -- in a cell where he SURELY BELONGS. In a surreal touch you HAVE to like, the man known to have ordered the deaths by torture of 30,000 Haitian citizens was charged with...embezzling?


Blogger Duamuteffe said...

Eh, they got Capone on tax evasion. Whatever works.

8:55 AM  

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