Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Today's Cartoon: Mysterious Smell Causes A Stink In New York City

Thank goodness the gas smell which permeated through much of lower Manhattan was not linked to terrorism; because if it was, I'm not sure how the city would have recovered from it. Now don't get me wrong, New Yorkers are known for their resilience and ability to overcome harsh adversity, but how could they possibly maintain that rugged reputation, if they are forced to scramble for cover every time they smelt something funny... like their cat breaking wind?

Even though public officials have ruled out "terrorism", they have yet to determine the cause of the smell, which means that "mischief" still remains a possibility. You see, much like acts of "terror", shenanigans and silly antics can be every bit as disruptive to the community; but with the added advantage of being more difficult to predict and prepare for. I mean, authorities may be drilled to anticipate certain scenarios, but are they also prepared to deal with the utterly ridiculous as well? In this age of seemingly larger than life "super villains", one would imagine that there would be a plan for just about everything dreamed up in a comic book; starting with "The Joker".

Had this mystery gas somehow been linked to "terrorists", it would have shown that the fear and paranoia created by 9/11 was now it self being used as a weapon to achieve the same objective... more fear and paranoia. And the more of it that gets generated, the easier it becomes for such scare tactics to be effective; which just proves that being "annoying" can work every bit as well as being "dangerous".

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