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Inappropriate Fantasy Metaphor Watch

This is something Sauron himself would say-quite the trickster:

Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has instead been drawn to Iraq.

Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1950s fantasy classic, “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand.

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

“It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S.,” he continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”

Wed, October 18 2006 » Fiction, Polis

2 Responses

  1. A.R.Yngve October 19 2006 @ 10:12 am

    Santorum has got the subtext all wrong. Everyone knows TLOTR is a thinly veiled Yellow Peril tract.

  2. Dave Schwartz October 19 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    As Stephen Colbert pointed out, this metaphor would make the U.S. Mordor. Not sure where exactly Mt. Doom would be . . .

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