Diary of a Mad Web Lackey™
By Nancy Kamp
February 14, 2003: Fighting Fire Ants They probably don't come more anti-war than Kurt Vonnegut. This is a good thing on several levels because even if you would like to personally dispatch Saddam and his ilk, it's important to consider all sides of a question. In fact I've always believed if you can't ask yourself, "What if I'm wrong?" you probably are.
Having said that, I can say we enjoyed* Vonnegut's Wednesday night's lecture in OKC. The topic was writing, but the talk was "war is evil."
Some interesting points:
• Oklahoma City's bombing disaster was more typical of war than September 11 because children died here. [Children died September 11 too. NK]
• Cruise missiles are like Timothy McVeigh.
• "War is a horrible disease. It's not a great adventure."
I agree. But how do you negotiate with fanatics? They're just like fire ants. So in the spirit of the very late Roman statesman, Cato the Elder, who ended every speech - no matter what the topic - with "Carthage must be destroyed," I say with deep regret, "Fire ants must go."
*Comic relief courtesy of the world's longest and most boring introduction (think grace delivered by a drunken preacher who does not believe in hot food), repeated rolling blackboard antics, and spontaneous and unasked for interruptions of the speaker by kindly folks who wanted to give the speaker water (and discuss it with him) as well as microphone adjusters.