Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Birth



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.

1 Comments:

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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