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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
July 15, 2012


News Item:  A respected French laboratory detected high levels of Polonium in
Arafat's personal items.  It is a near certainty he was poisoned.

I am among the lowliest of life forms, a simple microbe, but even I know wanton killing
as harmful.  I (and many generations of my ancestors) had lived in a symbiotic
relationship with my host - the late Arafat.

This is a farewell letter, for I have been poisoned by the same spring that nourished
me my whole life.  It was a deadly poison ... surreptitiously introduced into a trusting
fatalist.  Why are there so many evil humans with narrow minds circumscribed by
tribal thinking believing in supreme powers likewise constricted.

Yes, it was a killer human threatened by the prospect of peace who killed me.  I and
millions like me became collateral damage.  Humans do it all the time to themselves,
so I am of little concern to them.  But for my family and our tribe, it was a holocaust.

Why can't human beings live peaceably together?  Instead, they seem to form tribes
with distinctive foods and culture.  It defines them and thus aliens who are
disparaged; all in an attempt to proliferate their own genes.  But healthy nonviolent
competition can turn ugly and millions die.  Yet they persist without any lessons
learned from past disasters.

What hope for this planet then?