The boy continues to spout short trite phrases, like: " is the boss!"
The father is angry and horrified at his son's politics and shouts, "I'm going to beat you!"
The father collars the boy and demands, "Tell me! Who taught you all this?"
The fearful and sweating boy wines, "OK, don't hit me. I'll tell you. WE LEARNED THIS IN SCHOOL."
Whereas, this political satire indicates how deep-rooted certain political, religious, and nationalist elements are in the biases of youth in certain Arab states, the real question I have for my fellow Americans back in the USA is: What kind of analysis have we been doing about our education systems?
I wrote recently of how media in the are slowly making audiences used to the idea that a confrontation will loom between the and . Is the same thing happening in the ? Is complacency settling in?
I also wrote of the increasing arms race in the Gulf state region and the fact that the American weapons corporations and power companies -- plus other nuclear power economies on the planet -- would love to make some money selling nuclear technology to the Gulf states in the coming years.
Now, in May 2007 comes and stops in several Arab countries on his journey. Is he just trying to escape impeachment in the ?
One Kuwaiti writer, Ayed Al-Mana, spells out our dread. "Cheney's recent visit to the region, which included Jordan , , and , reminds us of his shuttle visits as Secretary of Defense in the '90s just prior to the launching of rockets and cannons against , which put an end to Iraqi dreams of occupying .... This current visit is more than just discussing the Iraqi affairs. In my opinion, it could be a cover to discuss a more serious issue, which is the Iranian nuclear program. Since Cheney is a hawk in the US administration with so much influence on American policies, then his recent maneuvers must have been aimed at containing the Iranian role in the regions."
As summer 2007 comes upon us, there will likely be no military confrontation between the and . It is just too hot here temperature-wise!
Otherwise a pull-out in might lead to a heat-up in tension between the U.S. and .
Kevin Stoda is a writer from Kansas who has traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades. Visit Stoda's home page at http://www.geocities.com/eslkevin/