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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that thinks the papercuts will be worth the peace.Aren’t you tired of all these people in the world who never seem to be satisfied, always seem to be starting trouble somewhere and, in general, would answer “no” to the Rodney King million dollar-question (i.e. “Can’t we all just get along?”)?We know we are. Unfortunately, our elected leaders – lately – seem to respond to this dilemma by, well, you know, bombing those people. Or giving money to the people that bomb those people. We could go back and forth and on and on in this debate, undoubtedly, with the more hawkish among us in Summit Up Land pointing out that international, geopolitical conflict has never been settled by getting everyone to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.”Don’t tell that to the people of Thailand, though.Reuters news service tells us that the little kiddies in Thailand have been very, very busy. How busy? Busy enough to have folded an estimated 100 million origami peace cranes.MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Is this like those slave-labor Chinese factories where they force schoolkids to make fireworks?No, this is a much gentler alternative, although you’re on the right track: The Thai government is going to load all the paper peace cranes into military transport planes, fly them over the southern part of the country and, uh, let ’em fly.See, the southern part of Thailand has all these Muslims who don’t necessarily get along with everybody in the rest of the country. In fact, over the past 11 months, the fighting has killed 500 people.The logic, apparently, is that all these angry Muslim Thais will hear the planes rumbling overhead, start yelling “air raid!”, then watch as the bombay doors open and run for cover. Then, when all the little paper birds start raining down on the thatch roofs and bouncing around in the streets, they’ll figure out what’s going on, fall over with a belly full of laughter, and everyone will live happily ever after.Or not, as the quote in the story from one of the Muslim leaders leads us to believe: “The paper birds are not a traditional symbol for us,” said leader of Abdullaham Abdulsamad of the Narathiwat Islamic Council. “It’s a different culture. Our people do not understand what the birds stand for.”And we can vouch for this failure: We once used all of the notebook paper our parents had bought us for school to fold paper airplanes and then dumped them on Pa Summit Up from the balcony as he walked in the door after finishing the workday. He didn’t quite see the humor in it.You gotta admit, though: Who wouldn’t smile and laugh at little origami birds raining from the sky?***What will you do with your Sunday? We’re sure you’ll think of some way or another to while it away. If you need suggestions for curing boredom, give a shout to summitup@, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just snore for us on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out investing in papercut-proof umbrellas …

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