As the eve of Thanksgiving is upon us, we pause a moment to think of the wealthy people of Mumbai, India, enduring the horrors of terrorism as armed thugs invade their five-star hotels and lay waste to the foie gras and Château de Chasselas.
How comforting for them, and for us, to be assured our respective American and British governments have lost no time in “condemning” the violence. British prime minister, Gordon Brown, was heard to suggest a rapid-reaction force be deployed, but an aide quickly whispered in his ear, reminding him we’d left the days of Empire behind, and the Indian armed forces must now deal with the problem unaided.
Meanwhile, at Bangkok Airport, protesters have prevented flights from leaving for the second day running. The BBC news this morning aired the grievances of one American gentleman, complaining to a female Thai airport official:
“Have you any idea of the tens of thousands of people whose plans you’ve screwed up? Tomorrow is a real big holiday in the States and many people will miss it because of some cockamamie little protest that you’ve got going.”
How terribly, terribly, American of him.
(Note: ‘cockamamie’: an Americanism – “ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical”)
Meanwhile, at the US White House, George W Bush is much happier knowing the crimes and atrocities he’s been responsible for over the last eight years will not be coming home to roost. He can live out his retirement without fear of retribution. According to reports, he was today officially pardoned by a turkey.
A Happy Thanksgiving to all Sparrow Chat readers.
 “Mumbai rocked by deadly attacks” BBC, November 26th 2008
 “Thai protesters shut down airport” BBC, November 26th 2008
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