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Tuesday, August 30

Dr. Frankenstein and a Laboratory Called Iraq

A crazed scientist, known as Dr. Frankenstein, entered into the laboratory known as Iraq. Dr. Frankenstein wanted to try to create a certain life form using the body parts of both Americans and Iraqis. The doctor proclaimed that his life form would be the salvation of all in the laboratory. During his experiments he used many different body parts of many different dead bodies. He flailed around with his experiment for years but to no avail. Finally in his frustration to create his own form of life he settled for his most recent, however flawed, product and he flipped the switch. The form on the table twitched as the current of life entered its body. The form came to life and arose from the table, but it wasn’t what the people had been led to expect. This was a life form that had taken on the characteristics of all that had been previously feared. This was no salvation. This was a monster!

Dr. Frankenstein, rather than admit he had created a monster, praised his creation with great glee. The monster moved about the laboratory and seemed determined to ignore any of Dr. Frankenstein’s weak commands or demands. It proceeded to move unhampered about the laboratory and its evil was apparent to most. Many, in this laboratory known as Iraq, feared the monster and demanded that Dr. Frankenstein stop the monster before it began its destruction. Dr. Frankenstein ignored their pleas. He countered their pleas by saying that no matter what kind of life form he had created, he had succeeded in creating something. Dr. Frankenstein refused to see his creation for what it was, a dreaded monster. He refused to see that his creation was dangerous to all in its path. Dr. Frankenstein refused to admit he had wasted precious treasure on his experimental folly. So, as the monster began its life and traveled about the laboratory on its evil mission, Dr. Frankenstein walked away from the laboratory completely blind and deaf to the devastation his creation was about to inflict.

What was Dr. Frankenstein’s intention when he began his experiment? Was he like a child dabbling in the unknown? Why hadn’t he learned from others who had tried to create life forms in that same laboratory? Why did he think he could conduct the same experiments that had been tried so many times before and get a different result? Did Dr. Frankenstein truly believe in his ability to do what had not been done? Why would he allow the resulting monster its freedom?

Maybe Dr. Frankenstein had a different reason for his experiment. Maybe Dr. Frankenstein didn’t care what he created. Maybe he just wanted to enjoy the experimenting, regardless of the outcome. Or, perhaps that was his plan from the beginning. Maybe that’s why he took such pride in what he had done. Maybe the creation of a monster was his goal from the start. Perhaps he thought that he could create a monster that he could control like some evil robot.

Now the monster is there in the laboratory and the doctor is far away. What are the people in the laboratory supposed to do? Must they become the servants of the monster? How long will they be able to control their anger toward the doctor who created their hell? Why must these people become the victims of this monster and the creature he has created?

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