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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Irony, a figure of speech, suggests a complex experience. There are three kinds of irony, of which one is called dramatic irony. In this figure of speech, the discrepancy exists between what a character wrongly says or believes and what the reader knows to be true.

Unofficially, there is a sub-irony to the dramatic irony. Actually, I have no name for it except 'ridiculum ironia'. To explain it I need to refer to an ongoing television soap opera first broadcast more than 20 years ago; still watched by millions. In a controversial plot, a female character undergoes heart transplant surgery, necessitating for her to wear a prosthetic chest scar. The silly plot has caused a lot of technical problems for both the character and the crew to hide the breastbone.

'Ridiculum ironia' is widely used by politicians and warlords. It is used to fool the people. Naturally, the plot is dim-witted and falls flat or results in dire consequences such as the wars of the world: two Germanys, two Vietnams, two Koreas, etc. Aside from casualties, perhaps, the only gain has been buying time before unification.

A contemporary 'Ridiculum ironia' is Italy that was once a nation, Roman Empire, but no longer, with or without Berlusconi. The wall between Vatican and Rome is similar to Berlin wall. If removed, the rich Pope can again run the entire Empire in the name of Christ, of course, with no financial problem.

Another 'Ridiculum ironia' is Saudi Arabia, mostly nomads, with a population of 29 million, including 5 million non-nationals, scattered on 2 million km2 arid land. Does this desert really need annual revenue of $576.8 billion GDP (current US$), the World Bank? Same applies to all Emirates.

In Arabia, Mecca is the Vatican of Muslim world, 1.6 billion, who have to pay annually a special tax, Zakat, through proper channels. In addition to unnecessary constructions, this astronomical oil revenue needs an outlet, i. e., to recruit Jihadists, Al-Qaida, and Taliban to annihilate non-Muslims or bad Muslims such as Shiites of Iraq, Pakistan and India, including the Ba'athists of Syria.

Anyone familiar with the geography of Arabian Peninsula knows well that the land can not be artificially urbanized for a long time. In other words, Nature eventually will take over. Dubai, for instance, is like a house of cards. It takes only 48 hours to render it inhabitable if power supply is cut. Their economy, based on oil, is unsustainable. Dubai and others is not going to be another Hong Kong for ever. It is doomed to perish or revert to its near past, primitive fishing!

The 3rd 'Ridiculum ironia' is Iran. A peculiar species of Homo sapiens live in this reneged colony of Arabia. After Persia's first shameful defeat of 623 A. D. and their mass killing by Arab Muslims, the conquered Persia was run by Umayyad Arabs, from 661 to 750, to be followed by Abbasid Arabs who ruled over Persia up to 1258 when the last Arab ruler was suffocated by a Mongol, not a Persian, Hulagu Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan.

After the Mongols, came a number of isolated local warlords here and there, always fighting with each other. Persia was practically forgotten until 1925-1978 when for 50 years Iran or Persia was about to wakeup. During this short period they enjoyed the life of a welfare state, but, not surprisingly, they revolted against their welfare provider king! They chose to revert to Arab rule, i.e., offering their total allegiance to consecutive residing black-turbaned Arabs. They, actually, get great pleasure from offering their life and fortune to any black-turbaned Arab who can promise a cozy corner in Muslim paradise. Any objection, sir?

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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