Monday, July 17, 2006
What the Hell is going on in the Middle East?
Iraq. Iran. Afghanistan. Libya. Israel. Pakistan. Lebanon. Syria. What the Hell? I've remained "intellectually dumb" about the Middle East all my life. I've had no interest in what goes on there. The camels, the covered women, the turbans, the whole lifestyle in sand doesn't appeal to me. I read hundreds of pages a day of news. When I see "Middle East" - my eyes scroll past it. I don't understand it - and have no real desire to. I trust my Government to "put a man on it" who DOES understand it. I know life there is bad. I know people are repressed. I know bombs are going off. I know the very fate of the world may lie in the decisions world leaders make in the next several weeks. Why am I still not interested? I don't wanna know. I lived through the Cuban missile crisis in youthful bliss - I choose to keep my head in the sand again. I'm more concerned that my steak is tender tonight. (It will be - it's marinating right now.)
I had a million dollar idea today. Assemble experts to write a book about the Middle East. Target the book at people like me - who have no real idea what's going on there. We could read this book and quickly figure out why all those people are so pissed off - and why they hate us so much. I even had the title. The title alone - would sell this book.
THE MIDDLE EAST FOR DUMMIES.
I'm too late. The books out already. Check Amazon dot com and see for yourself. Damn.