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Old 01-12-2009, 09:38 PM
Terrifel Terrifel is offline
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Dorothy's experience is best understood as a combination of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder, ultimately originating from her tour of duty as a LuRP in 'Nam.

The upheaval of the 1960s' social and political landscape is embodied by the cyclone that carries her to Oz-- after all, what is a tornado but an extremely powerful wind-- or "draft?" Her arrival in Oz is characterized by a sudden perception of vivid color, a common effect of "tripping" on LSD ("Blue Cheer"). The Yellow Brick Road was of course the A Shau Valley in Thua Thien Province. The Scarecrow likely represents Robert Macnamara, with the Tin Man symbolizing Henry Kissinger and the Cowardly Lion representing James Schlesinger. In order to return home, Dorothy is tasked by the Great and Powerful, yet ultimately deceptive and untrustworthy, Oz (Nixon) to destroy the Wicked Witch of the West (international Communism), whom she melts with a bucket of water (Agent Orange). When Oz fails to fulfill his promise, she is ultimately rescued by Glinda the Good (an underage Saigon prostitute) and returns home with the Ruby Slippers (gonorrhea).