Friday, April 27, 2007

Cognitive dissonance

  1. Richard Gere gives Shilpa Shetty a peck on the cheek in India. The Indians are offended by this lapse in modesty, so they burn Gere in effigy. The people who gave us the Kama Sutra are embarrassed by public displays of affection; who knew? (I offer the neologism "simmolation" as a synonym for burning someone in effigy.)
  2. In 1961, the Soviet Union--occupiers of a foreign capital city--build the Berlin Wall. In 1987, as the Cold War is on its last legs, then-President Ronald Reagan says, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" In 2007, the US--occupiers of a foreign capital city--build a wall in Baghdad.

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