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Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)
TITLE: Wisdom in the Woods
By Donald Ford
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Wisdom in the Woods
Take a look with me up into this old hemlock tree. Here we see sitting on a branch of the tree, a lone owl. No movement is detected at first (owls are probably the most motionless creatures on earth). The head then moves around like a train on a turntable.
Sometimes you would swear they could turn their head all the way around.
To say this is a venerable old owl is an understatement. He has lived through decades of presidencies. I mention the Executive branch for this reason: A fact little known to the American public is that this owl has entertained more than his share of dignitaries, being one himself and highly respected in some circles.
This is wisdom from the ages past, but still rings true today. Why reinvent the wheel: some of what worked back then still works today, especially from a diplomacy point of view.
Wars have been fought, sidestepped, or avoided altogether on the word of this seer. I had asked the owl which program of our nation he would most like to be credited with, he said that was a no brainer. “The CCC Camps during F.D.R.’s presidency did more to put
our men to work in this nation, than any other single program in this country then or since this time,” this owl began.
“I am kind of partial to the forests, especially the adding of new trees for the future. Someone must secure the legacy of our nation’s trees. You can’t keep cutting back trees without a long hard look into the future. Remember, I have seen enough of the past and have learned from it, so that I might pass along my knowledge of what has gone before.”
“But what about Viet Nam, was that your brainchild?” I was really curious to know.
“No, not in any way shape or form,” was the wise bird’s reply.
“On many occasions, I had sent a number of memos to Mr. Nixon’s desk. I did not receive any communication back from him or any of his staff,” the owl vented.
“The type of wars to sidestep or avoid altogether is epitomized here,” the owl wisely reminded me. The size of the then known army of Communists was staggering. If you madden one of them, the entire hive will follow; and follow it did,” as the owl’s feathers started to get ruffled.
“The whole concept of safety in numbers comes into play here. The more good advice we seek, the better chance of an amicable outcome. That man was on his own,” said the owl now looking mad.
“The true test of any campaign is the look on the faces of the returning army. Many recall the yellow – ribboned gulf war heroes, but what about the red, white, and blue of Viet Nam?” The owl states almost in a rage. “To this day they have not received their due,” the owl goes on.
“And the Gulf War, whose idea was that,” I asked.
“Mine, mine, and mine - the Kuwaiti people asked for our assistance. This is one of the most philanthropic nations on the earth. They had a reputation for helping poorer struggling countries. The world would have felt it if they had been swallowed up,” the owl proudly recalls.
“I have to break off our interview; I just received a fax from Camp David. Someone is finally listening and now to the follow-up,” the owl concludes.
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