Monday, August 08, 2005

PARADISE LOST

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Photo:Max Becherer/Polaris, for The New York Times/Metropolitan Museum, the Cloisters Unicorn tapestry

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Unicorn dips its einhorn into the water spilling out of the Well at the center of Paradise, cleansing the water. The Child and the Mother walk in the wastelands, holding hands, the stream of life, an open sewer running down the middle of the street in Baghdad, Iraq.

Our hell on earth.

Sometimes a very brief story grabs me. The reports that the writing of the Constituion of Iraq has been suspended because of dust storms caused a pang of sorrow. Aside from the fact that this document will reenslave women, there is the matter of Paradise: it is gone.

This has consequences. Our concept of law, history, culture and astronomy all spring out of the Euprates/Tigris valley via the Bible as well as other means. It is the bedrock of our entire culture. Millions of Americans worship the Bible blindly not knowing the truth: Paradise was on earth, once. In the city of Ur.

On February 10th, 1258, the Mongols took down Baghdad and slaughtered the populace and laid the rich lands and gold plated mosques into ruin, they destroyed the complex irrigation systems and wrecked the farmlands. They spared nearly no one. The Christians hailed this as the Apocalypse and the Muslim world agreed, it was the End of Times.

But it wasn't at all. Life springs ever eternal but Paradise never came back. The Greeks, 1,000 years earlier, called Babylon, an earlier incarnation of Baghdad, "One of the Wonders of the World" and it was the delight of Alexander the Great and his doom, that Heaven on Earth.

For nearly 1,000 years after the Mongols destroyed it, the place festered and waited, increasingly isolated and degraded, the Oldest Lady, she was. Then, oil was discovered.

Soon enough, gold and power poured into Baghdad only instead of bringing peace and plenty it brought only death and war. Like the dragon that sits upon the hoard, fighting and killing all who come only to fall to Siegfried's sword, cursing him to an eternity of betrayal and death in his own turn, so sits Baghdad. And we waved our Depleted Uranium sword and laughed as we slew them, we thought, this was all too easy. We now sit in Baghdad, upon the golden hoard, and it is killing us. It is killing us very relentlessly, as our rulers clutch this prize, many die.

Today, aside from the usual violent deaths, they are dying of disease from the polluted waters, they are dying from the dust that is rasing hell as it blows mournfully through, choking young and old, leaving death all over the great, ancient city.

For it is no longer one of the Seven Wonders, it is one of the warnings to humanity as to our fate!

From the Washington Post:
Before the Pentagon begins reducing troop levels in Iraq next year it probably will increase them this fall to provide extra security for a planned October referendum and a December election, a Pentagon official said Monday.

Lawrence Di Rita, spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, noted that troop levels were raised last January during Iraq's first elections, and then returned to the current level of about 138,000 several weeks later.

"It's perfectly plausible to assume we'll do the same thing for this election," he said, while stressing that no decisions have been made.

Di Rita said he did not know how many extra troops might be needed during the referendum and election period.
The tormentors in the Pentagon, the crazy man in the White House, every day, they whipsaw us all. After spending many hours lying about how the troops will come home and not at night, in small boxes, they blurt out the truth because they know, if they don't, there will be a riot.

Well, they might get their riots soon enough. All the frightened wives and mothers and fathers and children of the people stationed in the circle of Hell in Iraq want to know that they will come home. Now, utter despair.

There is no victory, no end, no exit. No light except for the final glow as the soul passes forever through the Gates of Death.
Di Rita said the number of extra U.S. troops needed for the fall voting would depend in part on the readiness of newly trained Iraqi security forces.
News elsewhere, notes that many of the attacks in Iraq come from the troops we are training for they hate us. Why we think more training will make things better for us is a particular insanity that is held dear by those who never served in Nam, made fun of Kerry for serving in Nam and who think we didn't win in Vietnam because volunteers like Kerry were responsible for everything.

And us hippie chicks. We messed it all up, too.
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Cindy Sheehan has been demonstrating in the hot Texas sun, demanding Bush explain his stupid war. He sent out some aides to explain nothing and of course, they didn't tell her they want more dupes to die there. They pretend all is well.

From CNN:
"....I told them Iraq was not a threat to the United States and that now people are dead for nothing. I told them I wouldn't leave until I talked to George Bush."

She said Hagin told her, "I want to assure you that he (Bush) really does care."

"And I said if he does care, why doesn't he come out and talk to me."
Bush only talks to toadies, his Asian bosses, his OPEC co-conspiritors and maybe, Jenna. He doesn't talk to the rest of us. 61% of Americans in today's polls think the war in Iraq is a catastrophe. His approval ratings continue their plunge below the 9/11/01 levels which came just one year after a fake election victory which echoes the present fake election victory.

From the Independent:
The price of oil rose to its highest level for more than 22 years after warnings of imminent terror attacks against Westerners in Saudi Arabia.

There was also evidence that the surge in the price of crude oil driven in part by the invasion of Iraq and more general concerns about the security of the commodity's supply is poised to have a significant impact on the spending power of British consumers. In some areas the cost of a litre of unleaded petrol is over £1. Gas prices, which are also dependent on it, will increase by 11.9 per cent this month, according to Powergen, the supply company. And rising fuel bills faced by the airlines are likely to be passed on to passengers.

According to figures released yesterday, the cost of raw materials rose at their fastest annual rate for more than 20 years in July, with higher oil prices largely to blame. Economists warned that the prospects of lower interest rates, desperately needed to boost the sluggish retail sector and a stagnant property market, had shrunk dramatically.
High prices may affect homeowners this winter? Geeze. Duh. How about "ouch"?

Inflation rages where ever it can and it does. Auto sales are up only because the auto companies are unloading excess stock and they are doing so with poor profitability. Meanwhile, American oil barons rejoice. Bush is cautious. Will Americans wise up? Will they figure out that the King of Saudi Arabia and he are not only in cahoots but are close buddies? And neither really care if we freeze to death? Well.

I will keep saying this, our nightmare won't end quietly. If everyone waits too long, the change will be explosive, literally. We are in a race against time. Who will blow up first? Or shall I say, what terrors will we have to endure before we figure out that we are the sheep the wolves are hunting and the men blowing the horns summoning them in this Hunt of the Unicorn are
our own American leaders?

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