[lit-ideas] Re: How to Win in Iraq

  • From: david ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 22:14:22 -0700

A modest proposal:

When Napoleon was in trouble, during the hundred days, he announced that while he was in Egypt he had seen whatever it is that people see--some traffic jam on the road to Damascus perhaps--and converted to Islam.

When Kaiser Wilhelm II wanted to subdue the Arab revolt, his agents let it be known that he too had converted to Islam.

This is beginning to sound too poetic.

My proposal is simply that George should announce that the Almighty has appeared to him a second time, in different garb, and that having renounced alcohol, giving up pork and wiping his behind with a particular hand doesn't seem like a big deal. Thus, he joins the fold, and folds up the opposition.

David Ritchie
Portland, Oregon
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