June 1, 2004

Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself

* George Saunders on How to Leave Iraq, in three easy steps. excerpt:

"To implement this exit strategy, we will have to practice running quickly. It is further recommended that, while running, the eyes be cast down, to avoid witnessing any last-minute people trying to kill us. We will have to establish excellent communications so that the moment that final person begins dying, we can all begin running quickly at the same time, eyes cast down, quickly, to our vehicles, to get to the airport and get out of the country.

"This exit strategy will demand a high level of coordination, dedication, and planning.

"But our leaders have already shown the way by showing that, if one has a vision, and refuses to betray that vision by modifying it, or becoming distracted by small details, such as, for example, the confusing data emanating from the non-theoretical world, filled with actual people, pets, clothes on clotheslines, nuanced loyalties, etc., mountains can be moved, nations can be changed, great things can be accomplished.

"It is clear that the fate of Iraq now rests in the hands of Iraqis.

"People of Iraq, I say to you:

"Stop trying to kill us, so we can leave. But also, do not fear. We are in it for the long haul, although we cannot stay with you indefinitely. No, as soon as you stop trying to kill us, believe us, you will never see us again. Therefore, trust us, people of Iraq, have faith, we assure you: As long as you continue trying to kill us, we will never abandon you."

* 12 questions for President Bush.

* "I have nothing to say / and I am saying it / and that is poetry / as I needed it" --John Cage

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