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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
April 8, 2018


News Item:  Western press outcry over an alleged chemical attack in eastern Ghouta
by the Syrian government.

Oh, I'm Little Miss Hypocrisy.  I can be a wee little mouse or as large as an elephant.

How big are you today?

I am not sure ... all depends on how large this story of the chemical attack gets ...

Isn't a chemical attack bad?

Of course it is.  When they start calling Assad a war criminal after they imported all
those Islamic fighters to destroy a multi-religious country, that's when I begin to grow.

What's bothering you?  

The difference between the numbers killed here and, say, the 'shock and awe' of the
Baghdad bombing.  When they showed those pictures of explosions as bombs rained
down, they hadn't a thought for the men, women and children being blown to bits.

What's the difference between being gassed or being blown to bits?

Oh, that's simple:  chemicals are a poor man's weapon.  The ones who can't afford
tons of firebombs like they unloaded  in February 1945 on beautiful, historic
Dresden, at the time sheltering refugees ... hardly an industrial town though there
were some factories on the outskirts.  The horror, killing at least 25,000 people in a
few hours is described by Kurt Vonnegut in "Slaughterhouse-Five".  Churchill pushed
the hardest for this one.  

Did the press approve?

Approve?  They were the cheerleaders.

And of course worse things happened in the east ...

You can say that again!  The firebombing of Tokyo, for example, on March 9, 1945
within weeks of Dresden.  That killed at least 75,000 with estimates as high as
200,000 or more, and displaced a million more.  

And the press cheered on ...

Yes, I was elephantine, as after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And the press cheered on ...

No requiem for roasted babies.

Or the Vietnamese girl running screaming from her village ... her clothes burnt off her

She actually survived ... living in Canada, I believe.

Shouldn't bombing be made a war crime?

It's too convenient a way of killing.

Perhaps when humans become humane ...