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A Blanket of Fear (A Play in One Act)

There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false. — Harold Pinter

Netanyahu and Obama on the phone

(MANAMA, Bahrain) - Netanyahu (N) and Obama (O) are on the phone:

N: I want you to catch that schmuck Snowden, lock him up and silence him.

O: Why Ben? He's another whistle blower like Manning and Assange. How does he affect you?

N: He's almost as dangerous to us as Vanunu who gave away our nuclear secrets at Dimona.

O: What makes Snowden as dangerous to Israel as Vanunu?

N: Only a very few people know that Israeli companies Amdocs, Narus and Verint in America designed and provided the digital equipment and tracking programmes to your NSA.

O: So?

N: So, if they get exposed, your public will be screaming for you to get rid of the companies.

O: What would happen if we got rid of them?

N: These bloody leakers would expose how much secret stuff comes to Israel. They'd have us running your NSA.

O: Haaretz has already published several articles on the Israeli connection to NSA programs.

N: Nobody except a few secular Jews in America reads Haaretz. So shut Snowden and his Guardian journalist Greenwald up.

O: How do you suggest I get Snowden out of Russia?

N: Talk to Putin.

O: We’re not that close. We don't get along well. Besides, he's busy with his divorce.

N: What are you going to do about Greenwald?

O: What do you suggest?

N: Either arrest him and lock him up as an enemy combatant or else have Clapper arrange for him to disappear.

O: You can manage that with Gaza journalists, but Greenwald has a big following here.

N: He's also a self-hating Jew supporting Palestinians.

O: He's very articulate and can make members of Congress, like Peter King, who go after him, look like fools.

N: In any event, you need to keep the public afraid of what would happen if NSA secrets get disclosed.

Image by Carlos Latuff

O: The republicans do a good job with that.

N: While we're at it, the news out of Egypt is good. The army has taken over. Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood are out.

O: The Egyptian military had no choice. Either they took over or their billion dollar military budget from America would be cut.

N: Good job Barak, Make sure that you continue to support Egypt's 1.3 billion dollar budget from America.

O: The Egyptian military even managed to destroy all the tunnels from Egypt into Gaza, which have been the main source of supplies to Gaza for years.

N: That should put to rest 1.8 million Hamas lovers once and for all.

O: I don’t know about that. I think the army just wanted to show us they will cooperate with us as long as we send money.

N: Just so Egyptian funding doesn’t affect Israel’s.

O: What do you want us to do about Syria?

N: They're doing fine all by themselves. Hezbollah and a few Al-Qaida cells are losing in their tangle with the Syrian army. Assad isn't about to step down.

O: How does that affect you?

N: We don't care as long as they keep murdering each other.

O: You've heard that a New York law firm has filed suit against five Israeli organizations in America for supporting terrorism by your settlers?

N: I've heard. They won't stop the settlers or the settlements or their supporters in America.

O: You do a good job of keeping people under a blanket of fear.

N: You’re beginning to sound almost Jewish. Keep them afraid.

Obama and Netanyahu hang up together.


Throughout his life as an educator, Dr. Paul J. Balles, a retired American university professor and freelance writer, has lived and worked in the Middle East for 40 years - first as an English professor (Universities of Kuwait and Bahrain), and for the past ten years as a writer, editor and editorial consultant.

He’s a weekly Op-Ed columnist for the GULF DAILY NEWS . Dr. Balles is also Editorial Consultant for Red House Marketing and a regular contributor to Bahrain This Month. He writes a weekly op-ed column for Akbar Al Khaleej (Arabic). He has also edited seven websites, including bahrainthismonth.com, womenthismonth.com

Paul has had more than 350 articles published, focusing on companies, personality profiles, entrpreneurs, women achievers, journalists and the media, the Middle East, American politics, the Internet and the Web, consumer reports, Arabs, diplomats, dining out and travel. Paul's articles on Salem-News.com are frank and enlightening. We are very appreciative of the incredible writings Dr. Balles has generated for our readers over the years, and we are very pleased to list him among our most valued contributors.

Indulging the hard subjects that keep the world divided is our specialty at Salem-News.com, and with writers like Dr. Paul Balles on our team, we amplify our ability to meet challenges and someday, will see the effects of this exist in context with a more peaceful and generally successful world.



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