Sunday, June 27, 2004

Too much sophistication, not enough action 

This is why the Europeans are more sophisticated then the rest of us - because when they protest against Bush they quote Shakespeare:

"Some 500 demonstrators marched on Dromoland Castle, the 16th century turreted mansion in western Ireland where Bush was meeting European Union leaders for a summit.

"When they were stopped at a police road block, they staged their own version of Shakespeare's bloody Scottish tragedy.

"First, a ghost with a whited-out face read the names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. Then a woman dressed as Lady Macbeth read a list of Iraqi victims.

"Finally, a woman dressed as a witch with a black pointy hat and a flowing cape cast a spell on a man wearing a Bush face mask. The man crumpled to the floor as the witch ordered him to leave Ireland and end the occupation of Iraq.

"The protesters held up a banner adorned with a quote from Macbeth, Shakespeare's powerful drama of death, destruction and ambition in feudal Scotland.

" 'There's the smell of blood still,' read the banner, on which was painted a gory hand. 'All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand'."
Meanwhile, whenever faced with an international crisis in the past decade and a half, Europe has been quite fond of staging their own version of "Hamlet", the story of a young Danish prince who pretends to be insane (or maybe not) in order to avoid having to make any tough decisions (like "should I confront the people who murdered by father?").

Besides, why take geo-political lessons from a man who thought that Bohemia (the Czech Republic) was on the sea?


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