Friday, August 30, 2002

War Emblem?

In the latest revelation to date on just how out of touch with Western reality the ruling al Saud family is, we hear in today's Times Online, Saudi Princes are planning to give a war emblem to the survivors and families of 9/11, the horse named War Emblem! This is the horse owned by the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman, a member of the Saudi Royal Family, who won the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness, making it one race short of becoming the triple crown winner. This is the greatest honor in horse racing, and maybe in all of sport. It's certainly up there with winning all four "Grand Slam" tennis matches or the World Series. That it could be won by an animal, instead of a human athlete, only made it more poignant. I noted then that if a Saudi prince could come and win the triple crown after 9/11, it would be truly ironic, and a sign of impending defeat in some soon-to-be-fought battle.

So, are they really completely out of touch with our sensitivities? That seems to be the common knowledge. This always makes my curious, since Zero Base Thinking says that the common knowledge is almost always wrong. Is this just a sinister plot, dreaned up by the high powered p.r. firm, to subliminally influence us with the provocative name? Is there some Arabian superstitution concerning giving or accepting a horse as a gift? Is it just too late to be writing this stuff? Or is it too early? Whew, yesterday was a travel day for me, or I would have picked this item up in the New York Times. Maybe this item will become clear after a few hours of shuteye.