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Scene from "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway

Last Thursday, I took part in a panel discussion on "Targeting Iran: Sanctions and War" at California State University, Fresno. The panel discussion took place against the backdrop of all-too-familiar warnings to Iran that it has one "last chance" to stop doing what the CIA and pretty much all serious intelligence agencies say it is not doing -- namely, working on a nuclear weapon.

That's right; one "last chance" to stop doing what it is NOT doing. This unconscionably surreal -- and transparently provocative -- demand threatened to cast an unrelenting pall over the event, so I made a lame attempt to inject some light humor in order to head off confusion and despair.

Since the West's rhetoric about Iran virtually cries out for parody -- not to mention correction -- I decided to begin my short presentation with an adaptation of "It Ain't Necessarily So" from Porgy and Bess.

First, I needed to expose non-Gershwin fans to the song's tune and cadence, so I began with one of the original verses and asked the audience to sing along. (You may wish to do likewise):

Oh Jonah he lived in de whale,

Oh Jonah he lived in de whale.

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Fo' he made his home in

Dat fish's abdomen,

Oh Jonah he lived in de whale.

Well, it ain't necessarily so;

Well, it ain't necessarily so.

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Fo' he made his home in          

Dat fish's abdomen,

But that ain't necessarily so.

After that warm-up came the unveiling of three Iran-related verses composed earlier that day during the long drive from the Bay area to Fresno. (Please do sing along):

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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)

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brilliant remark Ray, thank you. Another red herri... by bogi666 on Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 6:55:09 AM
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