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Alexander Detained
Sharbari Zohra Ahmed
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
“Sometimes, yes. Sometimes great leaders have to do bad things for the greater good. Like our president.”
We knew about that but we didn’t know all of it. I cannot say that we were not warned. As much as we were kept in the dark, much was revealed, either by design or accidentally. All the signs were there as they have been in the past for such things and somehow we, the people, were in a state of inertia, shock, and maybe some awe. It could never happen again we said.
When they came they came silently, gradually handing me clues along the way. There was the blue car with the dark tinted windows that idled across the street from my sixties cape every day at different times. The Christmas card that was torn and hastily taped together, the mail that never made it to its intended destination.
They came when the noon sun was high, and efficient. They were dressed plainly, suit jackets in neutral shades. Sunglasses that hid their eyes, as opaque as their car windows. They did not even take them off when they informed me that my son and I were being moved to a facility “for our own safety.” They handed me a piece of paper. At this time I was to be remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security and sent to a “secure facility”.
The television was on . The war had taken a turn for the worse. The president’s approval rating was at an all time low. We had not managed to find the nuclear plant we had been aiming for and ended up killing eighteen members of a wedding party. All over the Arab world American flags were being set aflame. Our president assured us that our enemies had a nuclear facility that they were building with the express purpose of destroying the world.
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