O To Be In Yemen

Note: The U. S. Department of State heard about an Al Qaeda plot, based in Yemen, for a terrorist strike against American interests somewhere, perhaps soon, and in timorous response on August 1, 2013, shut down a large number of diplomatic posts in Moslem countries, 19 of them for at least a week. The following notice appeared in the press.

Closed posts through Aug. 10: Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antananarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis.

Re-opening August 5: Dhaka, Algiers, Nouakchott, Kabul, Herat, Mazar el Sharif, Baghdad, Basrah, and Erbil.

O to be in Yemen
Now that August’s here.
They do mistreat their wemen,
But at least they don’t drink beer.

O to be in Juba
Down in sunny South Sudan,
Where the power isn’t strong enough
To run a ceiling fan.

O to be in Antan-
anarivo by the bay.
The consulate won’t open for
At least another day.

They say Nouakchott’s perfect
For an ardent getaway.
The embassy is not a place
You’d go to anyway.

In Doha the ambassador
Is lounging by the pool.
No work to do in Basrah,
Or Port Louis, or Kabul.

But back to work in Dhaka,
And in Muscat, and Erbil,
Where our diplomats are showing
They have nerves of tempered steel.

They don’t have to attack us,
They just have to say they might.
We lock the doors and bar the gates
And cower there in fright.

They say they might attack us,
But they don’t say where or when.
So why should it be safe next week
To open up again?

Why stop at Bujumbura?
Why not Rome, or Montreal?
That would really tell the world
Our backs are to the wall.

Don’t need a bomb to beat us,
Or a grim explosive vest.
Just send a bunch of e-mails,
And we will do the rest!

August 2013