The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny

Just an old fable worth bringing up from time to time.

"A stray Lamb stood drinking early one morning on the bank of a woodland stream. That very same morning a hungry Wolf came by farther up the stream, hunting for something to eat. He soon got his eyes on the Lamb. As a rule Mr. Wolf snapped up such delicious morsels without making any bones about it, but this Lamb looked so very helpless and innocent that the Wolf felt he ought to have some kind of an excuse for taking its life.

“How dare you paddle around in my stream and stir up all the mud!” he shouted fiercely. “You deserve to be punished severely for your rashness!”

“But, your highness,” replied the trembling Lamb, “do not be angry! I cannot possibly muddy the water you are drinking up there. Remember, you are upstream and I am downstream.”

“You do muddy it!” retorted the Wolf savagely. “And besides, I have heard that you told lies about me last year!”

“How could I have done so?” pleaded the Lamb. “I wasn’t born until this year.”

“If it wasn’t you, it was your brother!”

“I have no brothers.”

“Well, then,” snarled the Wolf, “It was someone in your family anyway. But no matter who it was, I do not intend to be talked out of my breakfast.”

And without more words the Wolf seized the poor Lamb and carried her off to the forest.

Moral

The tyrant can always find an excuse for his tyranny.

The unjust will not listen to the reasoning of the innocent."

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Or, the new American version:

A lamb was drinking from a stream when he saw a large wolf walking along the bank of the stream looking for something to eat.
Instead of being very still and quiet, the lamb began to bleat loudly, crying that it wanted the wolf to provide comfort and security for it.
The wolf turned, walked up to the lamb and promised it comfort and security if it would follow him to the edge of the forest.
The lamb followed the wolf to the edge of the forest, where the wolf ate him up quickly…providing comfort for him and security for the lamb deep inside of his intestinal tract.

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