February 24, 2011

Friedman in Metaphor

This is pretty brilliant. A friend of Jonathan Chait's stripped a recent Thomas Friedman column into "metaphors and cliches" only:

A wake-up callís mother is unfolding. At the other end is a bell, which is telling us we have built a house at the foot of a volcano. The volcano is spewing lava, which says move your house. The road will be long and rocky, but it will trigger a shift before it kicks. We can capture some of it. IF the Middle East was a collection of gas stations, Saudi Arabia would be a station. Iran, Kuwait , Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates would all be stations. Guys, hereís the deal.†Donít hassle the Jews. You are insulated from history. History is back. Fasten your seat belts. Donít expect a joy ride because the lid is blowing off. The west turned a blind eye, but the report was prophetic, with key evidence. Societies are frozen in time. No one should have any illusions. Root for the return to history, but not in the middle.
What, no cab driver wisdom this time?

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 24, 2011 12:59 AM
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