October 14, 2002



Reading Robert Fisk's spitting on the graves of not-yet-buried Australians this morning, I was obsessed trying to figure out which fictional character he's started channelling:

The French have already paid a price for their initial support for Mr Bush. The killing of 11 French submarine technicians in Karachi has been followed by the suicide attack on the French oil tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen. Now, it seems, it is the turn of Australia.

Did it remind me of Saruman in The Fellowship of the Ring movie, I wondered?

SARUMAN: You did not truly think that a hobbit could contend with the will of Sauron? There are none who can. Against the power of Mordor there can be no victory. We must join him, Gandalf. Join with Sauron. It would be wise, old friend.

Nah, that wasn't it. Oh, yeah... it was Kent Brockman in The Simpsons, in "Deep Space Homer":

Ladies and gentlemen, er, we've just lost the picture, but, uh, what we've seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft has been taken over -- "conquered", if you will -- by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here.

And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves...

Yeah, that's who he reminds me of.

Posted by BruceR at 10:30 AM