Best lede ever

Oh how I do enjoy Thomas Friedman’s tortured syntax:

What’s unfolding in the Arab world today is the mother of all wake-up calls. And what the voice on the other end of the line is telling us is clear as a bell:

“America, you have built your house at the foot of a volcano. That volcano is now spewing lava from different cracks and is rumbling like it’s going to blow. Move your house!” In this case, “move your house” means “end your addiction to oil.”

Get it? It’s clear as a bell: it’s a wake up call, and there’s your house, and a volcano, and four different cracks spewing lava, and you have to move your house, and by “move your house” the voice means —

Oh, sure, the voice could have jumped right over all of that and gotten to the point: “end your addiction to oil.” But what fun would that be?

Remember the first rule of holes: “When you’re in one, stop digging. When you’re in three, bring a lot of shovels.”