Saturday, September 16, 2006


I was listening to the news on NPR this morning when I heard the story that the Iraqis are considering encircling the entire city of Baghdad with a trench, to prevent unauthorized vehicles from sneaking into the city. I don't normally comment on politics or news, but as I heard this story I couldn't help but think that if the Iraq war was in fact a novel that you were reading, and as you were reading you were trying to figure out the novel's genre -- you know, suspense, romance, mystery, thriller, science fiction -- you would get to this very point in the story and clap your hand to your forehead and exclaim, "Of course! I get it now! The novel is meant to be a farce!" (Farce - n. 1: a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations.*)

Only this isn't a novel.

* Thanks to WordNet via

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And the difference between encircling Baghdad with a ditch and fencing in the US is what?

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