Don't ask why, just do what US wants you to do
I thought I must write to you finally after seeing the many headlines
you have been making recently, especially the fuss about your participation
in the so-called 'peace' talks.
Millie, I heard
you said you had been 'hurt' by that Tiger chap Thamil Chelvam saying
that you promised to influence Uncle Sam for them to attend that
conference in Washington. And you didn't keep that promise, or so
he said, and you my poor little boy was so hurt.
And if I heard
right, you said you were keeping away from the talks, even though
right now there are no talks to keep away from because the Tigers
themselves have pulled out of discussions…
And what we
hear next is that Bala telephones you just before midnight to say
I'm sorry and then you all but kiss and make upI do feel so sorry
for Bala too, though. Just imagine the poor man, his kidneys already
troubling him, tossing and turning in his bed unable to get rid
of the guilt of one of his colleagues calling you a cheat. So he
finally calls you and you, the gracious person that you are, say
alls well that ends well and the 'peace' talks are saved for yet
while this is all well and good, there is just one matter that bothers
me now. It seems to be quite clear after all this apologizing business
that banning the Tigers in Uncle Sam's country was Uncle Sam's decision.
I must confess this comes as a surprise to me. The impression we
all had was that Uncle Sam would do anything for you and that George
B calls you before he decides whether he should have cornflakes
or Saddam Hussein for breakfast.
After all it
was you who made that memorable statement, 'Don't ask why, just
do what America wants you to do'. I am sure that will go down in
American history next to President Kennedy's 'Ask not what America
can do for you, ask only what you can do for your country'.
But now, Millie,
it does appear that regardless of what you have done to popularise
the American point of view in this small country of ours, you really
don't have any clout with Uncle Sam after all. I am sure that will
come as a surprise to most of your followers and admirers.
But of course,
every cloud has a silver lining. I am sure you could now proudly
say that this is evidence that you are not the American stooge that
your critics accused you to be. And who knows, that might win you
a few more 'manaape's at the next election.
For now though,
Millie, you might try using all your energies, to try to get the
stalled 'peace' talks started again. Maybe you could even try calling
Bala just before midnight!
PS- While most people will not be upset at your 'return' to the
talks, I am not sure what the good Professor would feel. After all,
he would have preferred to be the sole negotiator and cover himself
with glory if the talks succeeded, I am sure. For him it is therefore
an opportunity lost and Millie, keep that in mind, will you?