Axis of Evil in a Real World Application
By Jeff Commaroto
I have created a little real world example of what exactly
appointed president Bush did in regards to North Korea during
his state of the Union address when he declared it part of
an "axis of evil." Lets take two fictional characters, Jane
and Steve, both of who will be fictitious friends of mine.
Now Jane represents North Korea and I represent America.
We dated a long time ago. Actually we were associates who
kind of had a one-night stand. Now after that happened things
got really rocky in our association and it kind of felt like
a war was going on. Steve, my good friend at the time represents
South Korea. He was there for me and took my side through
the whole thing. I really enjoyed his company only we didn't
remain the best of friends afterwards, just close associates.
But I will say much closer associates then I ever was with
Jane before the "incident," or in layman's terms, the sex.
So flash forward fifty years later or so to a time when Jane
and Steve have begun talking and they both are working out
a possible relationship. Now during a board meeting where
I am giving a speech, and killing mind you, just absolutely
blowing people away with all the good news about the company's
success despite all this nonsense talk of it sinking into
the ground. Now as I am giving the speech I decide to blast
some other companies that are our competition. One of those
being a company Jane works for.
But instead of going after the company itself I slip and
call Jane "a shrewd demonic bitch." Now the line gets everyone
really excited and a round of applause follows. Most of these
people don't have a problem with Jane; they just are kind
of caught up in the moment and begin projecting their own
heartbreaks and sorrow onto my words. Now normally this wouldn't
be a good thing in and of itself but I had forgotten that
it was a public board meeting and so it was being broadcast
on CNN and covered by local newspapers.
Jane is pissed!
Now Jane knows I am a good friend of Steve's and Steve likes
Jane but he can understand where I am coming from and even
see what I am talking about. But he thinks it is in his best
interests to still pursue a relationship with Jane because,
well, Steve isn't that successful or good looking - a good
guy but he isn't someone that can really achieve greatness
on his own - and so he feels lucky Jane is even talking to
him. But he still needs me, the big man in the business world
to help him out in all other aspects of his life.
What I have just done is potentially ruin their up and coming
relationship. But to make matters worse lets say I take a
week-long trip to visit all the companies that Jane does business
with and while I am there I keep repeating the part about
her being a "shrewd demonic bitch." Also while I was at my
own company I threw in some extra lines about her also being
a "cold fish in bed" and what not. I tone it down a bit during
my tour because I am losing some of the steam I gained during
the speech. But needless to say this only gets Jane even more
pissed and the potential relationship between the two isn't
This is kind of a crude example of what appointed president
Bush did, but what he did was much worse, and as the North
Koreans have recently said reflective of a "politically backward
child." Bush basically said that North Korea and everyone
in it are the embodiment of "evil." Not unlike how Osama Bin
Laden and his cohorts define America.
His particular "shrewd bitch" comment is not only counterproductive
to the peace process between North and South Korea but it
could potentially fuel the nation, along with Iran & Iraq
and the rest of our potential enemies into an alliance that
could prove devastating. It was not by any means a moment
for America to be proud of.
The true potential for disaster in this president's often
misinformed words was driven home during his recent trip to
Asia where he misspoke about the "devaluation" of the Japanese
economy, sending a mixed signal to economists that created
a downward spiral for the yen. In a global political and economic
world where communications reign supreme every word matters
and could have world wide potential effects. With just the
placement of one wrong word an economy can begin to collapse
- with a world leader judging a nation as purely "evil" the
next round of terrorists could be born.
Bush has a lot of things to learn about human relationships
and world leaders. By ignoring the feelings of just one Senator
last year he lost Republican control of the entire Senate.
So just imagine what might happen to Steve and I if Jane gets
Jeff Commaroto is the author of many articles about politics,
both satiric and non, as well as the owner of thinkersden.com