Viagra and the Peace Pipe

While I was home for the holidays, I read an article about a CIA officer who gave Viagra to an Afghanistan tribal leader.  The tribal leader had four young wives and looked much older than his 60-some odd years.  The officer handed him four blue pills and with a wink and a smile told the tribal leader he’d be back.  When the CIA officer returned the tribal leader looked like a new man.  Revived and energized he greeted the CIA officer with warm enthusiasm and agreed to spill as many secrets as the officer wanted.  The Taliban was doomed.  As long as the officer could keep the tribal leader supplied with Viagra, information would be traded for sexy time, anytime. 

The Native American tribes used to sit down (men only of course) and smoke a peace pipe together.  It was a first step towards change and compromise.  It was a sign of putting aside differences and coming together in a shared activity that both parties enjoyed… And now Viagra is the representation of that shared enjoyment, the activity that brings men together in peace.  Modern pharmaceuticals have pimped out the peace pipe.

Women, sentient, intelligent, attentive creatures that we are, are sensible enough to have much different styles of peace keeping.  We cook together, shop together, and go get our nails done together.  We complain about men and discuss our little bubbles of the universe.  We listen carefully and we try not to judge.  If a woman CIA officer met with a woman Afghanistan tribal leader, she wouldn’t hand the tribal leader Viagra.  She would bring her an Hermes scarf, some chocolate, and maybe a cashmere blanket for those cold mountain nights.  The woman CIA officer and the tribal leader would discuss fashion, they would share beauty secrets, and at the end of the day, they would probably be friends.  And what’s a little secret-telling between friends?  See that little cave over there?  Exactly.

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