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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
October 1, 2017


News Item:  The world condemns Burma at the UN.

Have you noticed how nature can be deceptive?  Take a pear for instance, or a
peach, even a plum.  Luscious looking on the outside but, not infrequently, it can be
rotting from the core out.

Such has been the sad case of a Burmese grey dhole (wild dog).  She had led a
peaceful life beside the Irrawaddy River for many a year.

Because of the way she and her group were treated by those with the power to harm,
the world gave her its love and blessings.

But rot had set in, and a rabid disease was growing within.

Soon instead of loving the world back, she was barking back lies; and instead of
loving the people, she began to bite and even kill a group of them -- a group that had
never done her any harm.

In an absurd twist of her diseased brain, she joined up with her former tormentors to
pursue these hapless people who began to flee to other lands.

Instead of her former sympathy for the persecuted, she called them terrorizing beasts
-- a lie so big and so false it could be seen from the world's space station.

Protected by her own kind, not much can be done about her rabies.  The treatment
and the cure are available, but from the outside world, for inside only evil rules.