Sunday, February 16, 2014

Those "I'm going to get to the bottom of this" blues

Has that little Eddy Snowden left Security in such tatters that our darkest interrogation tricks might never put it back together? We noticed, only today, how the NSA had lent out its pretty snoop tool to do a favour for a corporate client, along the lines of monitoring some deal in Indonesia. Well, I'd very much like to know if Jakarta accords that degree of sanctity of contract which our imperial seat of property incarnate has the right to violate on behalf of its dues-paying satraps, here and there. Have we any reason to expect stability in any contract, and therefore, in any market, and indeed in any business cycle, if capital suspects we have its number?

We are, admittedly, in another funk of those needing to get at the bottom of this blues, and it's time to release our sternest interrogators from those fashion statements of human fellowship which waft from time to time from Langley's private runways 'round the world. Enough, I say, of these inefficient renditions to Yemen and Egypt; they have their hands full with their own people. Enough, too, of these petty hy-draulic intimidations, which only Dick Cheney ever dreaded, anyway. Who can doubt, that it's time to revive the chilling insouciance of the open-toed sandal of the Mekong, and the daemonic red T of the Commune? Without prying so much as a thumb-nail, we can ex-pect to know everything, right away.

I.. dream he tells me to get on that table. He says, I could not attend to you before, but there were other things.. one thing at a time, certain things are more important than others. So he operates on my back and in another moment, he's finished, wipes his hands and says ..

Arise, throw off thy crutches and follow me.

But just as I want to get up, I wake up from the blasted dream!

You are just the kind of people who make life impossible for professionals.. If there is one thing I can't stand, it's amateurs.

Wole Soyinka
Nobel Prize, 1986
Madmen and Specialists
  A Play
  Dialogue between Aafaa and a Cripple
  Part II, Scene i
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1971©

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