Monday, October 9, 2006

The Mouse Trap -- It Could Happen To You


A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap.

Retreating to the farmyard the mouse proclaimed the warning: "There is a mouse trap in the house, a mouse trap in the house! "The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Excuse me, Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mouse trap in the house, a mouse trap in the house!" "I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse," sympathized the pig, "but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, "Like wow, Mr. Mouse. A mouse trap. Like I am in grave danger. Duh...NOT!"

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mouse trap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

His wife's sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well and a few days later she passed away. So many people came for her funeral, that the farmer had the cow slaughtered, to provide meat for all of them to eat.

So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when there is a mouse trap in the house, the whole farmyard is at risk.

-- Author Unknown 
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Why did I share this story?  
As I've share in previous posts.    Four years ago, Canadian Maher Arar was detained on a routine airport stopover in the United States.   He ended up in Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured for 10 months.  In late September (2006), a public inquiry (in which the US government refused to participate) cleared Mr. Arar of any connection to terrorism and criticized the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for feeding American officials misleading information about him.  Last week, RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli offered Mr Arar a full apology.  However to this date, the US Justice Department has not apologized to Mr. Arar for his false imprisonment and torture.   In fact, when Maher Arar filed a lawsuit in US court for false imprisonment the court dismissed his case on the grounds of "national security". Mr. Arar deserves a formal apology from the US Dept. of Justice.
I created a petition: "US Justice Dept. Owes A Formal Apology to Falsely Imprisoned & Tortured Canadian Citizen".  Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and consider signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. Please sign here:
Pamela Lyn

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