Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Condi's hegemonic remark (above) calls to mind The Second Coming, the iconic and oft-quoted poem by the legendary poet, dramatist, and occultist, William Butler Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

What rough beast, indeed.


Blogger Derek said...

Did you catch Ahmadinejad's reference to apocalyptic Old Testament prophecy yesterday? "He who sows the wind will reap a hurricane and this will be a very strong storm in the whole Middle East region, which will strike painfully," he said at a press conference in Tajikistan.

Now see Hosea 8:7 - "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind..." (KJV)

But Young's Literal Translation renders it thus: "For wind they sow, and a hurricane they reap..."

This is a prophecy of God's judgment against Israel and its impending destruction. I'm not surprised the media missed the reference, and I don't doubt for a minute that Ahmadinejad knew exactly what he was saying.

Does President Ahmadinejad see himself as a divine instrument, doing the will of Allah by destroying a wicked, rebellious Israel?

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