Monday, March 26, 2012

O. Henry Enters American Politics

Like many of my readers I appreciate irony. I'm an avid reader and one of my favorite authors is William Sydney Porter, best known as O. Henry and a master of the ironic ending.

That's literature. Irony in real life is a whole 'nother thing. Especially political irony. Political irony almost never turns out well.

Consider this. Recently the news has been full of accounts and opinions regarding Army Sergeant Robert Bales and his actions in Afghanistan. Even President Obama, within hours, apologized to the Afghan government and peoples. Many opinionists have loudly called for a speedy trial and, by their words one would suppose, conviction.

I'm not defending him. Hell, I don't know if he did it or not. That is the job of his attorney, John Henry Browne.

The irony here only becomes apparent when you compare the crimes of which he stands accused, crimes with no witnesses, with the other high-profile mass murder the Army is presently dealing with. A crime with many witnesses. Otherwise known as “survivors”.

A man with no field-of-war experience, but heavily influenced by radical Muslim mentors. (One of whom was an American citizen that President Obama decided he had the sole authority to assassinate, without due process.) This Army person calmly opened fire on some of his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas. According to witnesses, he was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as he proceeded to slaughter many of his Army brethren.

The irony here? There are calls for a quick resolution to the Sgt Bales case. Major Hasan is still untried after more than two years. Our President immediately apologized for an unproven transgression, (which has been “avenged” by Afghans several times since), yet Major Hasan's crime was officially classified a “workplace incident”.

O. Henry couldn't have made this up.

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