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Wag The Camel
by David S Taub   

Last edited: Friday, April 11, 2003
Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003

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Wag The Camel has the opportunity to be one or more sequels to the original Barry Levinson movie, Wag The Dog, described as, "A movie about truth, justice and other special effects". (For full details, including the movie plot, see

Wag The Camel – Proposed script as a sequel to the Movie , Wag The Dog

Wag The Camel has the opportunity to be one or more sequels to the original Barry Levinson movie, Wag The Dog, described as, "A movie about truth, justice and other special effects". (For full details, including the movie plot, see

Wag The Camel Plot:

As the method in which a superpower 'elected' its current leader and surrounding key military and political figure comes under question by some of the general populace, a plot has to be devised to distract those questioning the events. Especially as it is beginning to emerge that all the key figures have one thing in common – a past history in acquiring great wealth, power and influence in a certain 'commodities market'.

One journalist, who is unable to expose the manipulations and shenanigans, flees to another country where the newspapers and principal TV news channel there, happily disclose the facts and figures as to how the election counts were rigged.

So now the story is out in the open in most other countries, except for the Superpower itself!

Fortunately, the Superpower counts on the fact that its populace is not too well informed as to what happens outside their own borders, but becomes increasingly anxious that the populace is becoming aware of the ever increasing huge budget deficit and increasing unemployment.

With perfect timing, a monumental attack is launched at the heart of the Superpower, leaving the populace (and the world at large) stunned and reeling. The leadership, immediately vowing revenge for its people, quickly identifies a global terrorist organisation and its sinister-looking leader responsible for the attack.
Although the leader, and those involved in the attack originate almost exclusively from one of the Superpower's key economic allies, it turns out that they are located in another country where the Superpower has a long history of military and economic ties, but events hadn't panned out too well for them there.

Promising its populace that the evil leader and organisation will be found and destroyed, a relentless invasion and bombardment of that country is undertaken. As weeks drag into months, and the terrorist leader outsmarts the Superpower, hopping from cave to cave on a camel called Gert, the Superpower leadership needs to find another distraction from its failure to deliver its promise. However, the Superpower has at least been reasonably successful at distracting its populace from questioning the first and second problems (the 'election' and the budget and unemployment figures).

A second country is quickly identified as a target for the Superpower, and, with some marvelous manipulation and PR, manages to persuade at least 50% of its populace that this second country's evil despotic leader somehow has connections to the terrorist leader's previous attack. This, in spite of the fact that the despot and terrorist are arch enemies!

The Superpower has a number of obstacles to overcome, including distracting its population from the fact that the despot had previously been funded and armed by them – a key ally in other previous wars, as was the case with the terrorist leader and his organisation, and the governing regime in the country in which the terrorist leader is hiding, along with Gert the camel.

Initially, the Superpower attempts to persuade the rest of the world to team up with them and invade the despot's country, on the grounds that 1) The despot has failed to comply with some international laws, and 2) is a threat to the rest of the world. The vast majority of the other countries refuse to go along with this, not least because a number of other countries have also failed to comply with international laws – and this would open up a can of worms, indeed!

The Superpower does not see this as a problem, knowing it can twist, spin and distract its populace from these facts with ease. Not surprisingly, the Superpower's staunchest life-long supporter and ally agrees to join the proposed invasion, under the guise of a third reason to invade the despots country. Namely that the populace of that country needs to be liberated from the despot's regime.

This third reason offers some relief to the Superpower when, after launching the attack on the despot's country, the first and second reasons for invading them becomes highly questionable – namely that the despot probably was complying with the international laws they stood accused of breaking, plus their inability to resist or defeat the invasion demonstrated they were of no threat to the world after all.

In keeping with the turn of events where the terrorist leader behind the attacking of the Superpower eluded capture, the despot and his ministers also manage to elude capture.
Rumours are rife, including the terrorist leader finally having some sympathy with the despot, so he smuggles Gert the camel from his location to the despot's country to assist his escape along with his arsenal of weaponry which stood to threaten the world.

As the invasion for liberation develops from days into weeks into months, many more twists and turns will unfold, including revelations of sub-plots. The main theme to Wag The Camel will be, "You can fool most of the people most of the time…" Other developments could include introducing Egbert the Eagle, swooping into the despot's country, and planting weaponry to further discredit the despot, although further sub-plots would then have to be developed as to why the despot never used them on his invading enemies or attacked the rest of the world with them. Ideally the "Hurrah, Hooray, we overthrew the despot.." scenario will be overwhelming enough that the viewers forget the first two reasons for the invasion, hence making such a development redundant.

The intrigue, complexities and black humour will outweigh the Orwellian 1984 and Alice-In-Wonderland undertones, sufficiently enough that the audience will come back begging for one or more sequels to Wag the Dog, and Wag the Camel. Future sequel titles could include, Wag The Monkey, Wag the Llama, Wag the Elephant and Wag The Panda.

Copyright David Taub, 2003

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Reviewed by Claywoman 4/15/2003
A great article and I think Egbert would be proud of you. I hope you write more on this subject David!
Reviewed by V ahlstrom 4/12/2003
Truth is stranger than fiction for sure!but far to scary for the majority of ostrichs I attemped to get out of sand in USA..[at a cost}..
Reviewed by Chris Osborne 4/12/2003
An excellent plot which puts somuch accross in so few pages keep it up

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