Ottawa Citizen | 29Jan2011 | Orest Slepokura

Time of reckoning

Years ago, I watched this animated cartoon where a character wakes in the middle of the night on hearing a train whistle close by. He follows the noise to his closet, and throws open the door. He finds himself peering into a starless night where he sees the single beam of the headlight from a huge, black locomotive improbably bearing down on him.

For the cartoon character, read the dictatorships across the Arab world; for the train locomotive, read their time of political reckoning drawing near as the broad masses rally against them.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alberta

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