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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
May 25, 2014

THE EAGLE, THE BEAR, AND THE PANDA

News Item:  Russia and China sign a 30-year gas deal.

Freedom!  That's what I crave.  It's what I feel as I soar in the skies, master of the
lands below.  And freedom is what I offer to the world ... as long as they respect our
way of life and our needs.

Soaring in freedom is loved by all but it takes a lot of the earth's resources for each
one of you.  Look at me!  I just munch away quietly and contentedly eating my
bamboo shoots, each of us using so little of precious Mother Earth.

Me ... I eat anything, but I love honey.  They want my honey cheap, and they want to
surround me and squeeze me until I cry 'uncle'.  Once the eagle gets upset and
cordons you off ... sometimes you can't even get food or medicines ... until you toe
the line.

You mean sell what you have at prices they set, keeping the poor, poor and the
eagle fat with riches ... some call it neocolonialism.

I won't have it.  I am a strong bear.  And I must be independent ... not like that
German eagle that cringes and crouches when the big eagle shrieks.

That is why we bears must join together, and I'll buy your honey ... but you know
honey is cheap these days ...

I can hear what you two bears are saying.  Do you know this eagle has sharp ears
and even sharper eyes.  It knows everything happening in its domain -- the earth.  
And remember ... I can fence you in.  I can topple you from outside; I can topple you
from inside.  Just look around ... it's wiser to listen to the eagle.  The eagle knows ... it
is exceptional.