If it weren't against my religion, I'd have the chorus inked into my forearm by tomorrow noon.
Good meter. Nice feel. Good imagery.
It's a prayer of vengeance; or a promise.
"Ballad Verse": tetra/trimeter as I read again.
It's a song! It's very good. It needs some big throbbing bass and a slashing guitar: Gothic Metal-"Fields of the Nephilim"-style!
Oh, that would be great....
At the last, when all other means had been exhausted, the Free Peoples grew weary of endless war, and drew upon the secrets that their wise men had revealed and their most marvellous artificers had embodied in devices; devices that had lain, unused and sleeping, in their lairs, and in the steel sharks swimming all over the world in the lightless deep, for three score years and more.
And in that hour did the devices awaken, and the mushrooms of agony and vengeance did grow upon the land of the Enemy, and the fires of Heaven did consume the Enemy, and their shadows were set in the stones and the ash of their burning rose high into heaven and then fell, poisoning the land it fell upon, and the Enemy's holy places were no more, and there was an end to seven score decades of war, and peace was upon the Earth - for a time.
Something like that might be written sometime a century or two from now, and be taught to children as an example of what happens when freedom is threatened. If it is not, then that will be because freedom has died. I know that I have made a poor effort.
Are all fascists in the middle east, or is it 3%, 2%, 1%, ?
While I completely agree with your sentiments, not sure I can justify the incineration of the 97, 98, 99% of innocents.
It's different now. Does our generation's pulling the sword from the stone entail raining catastrophic destruction on the innocent?
Fire and utter oblivion may be the only way of dealing with radical Islam but I must ask, "what is the cost of our freedom?
Adagny, there are no innocent Muslims. To be a "good muslim" implies and requires commitment to the notion that Islam shall rule the entire world, by whatever means necessary including theft, lying, murder, treason and bloody war.
The West does not need to pull the sword from the stone. It needs to let fall the Hammer. Sooner or later, it will. The only choice left is how many innocents (this time real innocents) have to be sacrificed first.
Hey Fletch, I lurk at BC and see u post over there sometimes. I thought ur "poor effort" was cool. Adagny, maybe you are right, maybe you are wrong, but I've been watching these guys (terrorists) on tv since the 70's, and they've done nothing but hijack planes, shoot athletes, blow up people waiting on the bus or trying to get a slice of pizza, or working in a high rise. They even strap bombs on their babies. These aren't rational people. Itz like arguing logic to the insane.
Alex, having all my life been a person who believes in non-violence, this issue has been a weight i've struggled with for a long time. I agree with you as to the irrationality and barbarity of the radical Islamists.
I supported W's attempt at democratization and giving the masses a shot at freedom and at living free from fear. Giving them the opportunity of taking back not only their country, but their religion. I still see the attempt as one of history's greatest humanitarian acts, as well as in our national security interests. I see it as between appeasement and letting the proverbial hammer fall. How liberals, (who claim the mantel of human rights protectors), opposed this action is a scandalous shame on them. I'm done with them.
Having said that, it seems to me that resorting to the apocolyptic violence on the scale we're talking about puts us on the same level as those that rationalize terrorism and murder because they feel they have no other recourse.
It's not who we have ever been, who we are, and I hope we will ever be.
It is who we are when we reach survival mode.
When, if, we arrive at that terrible day when the preprogrammed launch codes for Islamabad, Riyadh,Tehran and maybe a score of others are keyed in for go, it will be a very different world than what we know today. The long suspense will be more fearsome than days following the devastating attack by Japan. It will not be unimaginable then.
Those people seek the end of everything for a better existence in heaven. They do not understand trial by fire, which implies the ability to learn. Fire is nonetheless very effective and a source of renewal.
Do you guys even understand the nonsense you spout??
Well, history will tell .
And as of this week, history has spoken again about the ideology that drives Islam. Let he who has ears hear.
They would most assuredly do it to us, if given the chance to do so. They'd do it without a moment's hesitation.
And every day that passes, they make that chance more and more likely. With every spin of the centrifgue, with every lauch of every missle tested, regarless of Iran, NorK or any hybrid of kindred state.
The Soviets at least had the humanity to not ignite the fuze, knowing that it burned both ways.
Jihadists? That they embrace the fuze tells all. That the other 98% of Islam does nothing to tamp out the burning of the fuze also, tells all.
Complicity renders their innocence as naught, and void.
Sunk New Dawn
Having said that, it seems to me that resorting to the apocalyptic violence on the scale we're talking about puts us on the same level as those that rationalize terrorism and murder because they feel they have no other recourse.
It's not who we have ever been, who we are, and I hope we will ever be.
As do we wish it would not be forced upon us. But when the threat becomes existential, and it is, what choices do we have? We have two, die or destroy the enemy. Most will choose to destroy the enemy. Any other choice is psychotic.
Because some of us have read "3 Conjectures" by wretchard the cat at the mentioned Belmont Club, we understand the issues and have wrestled with them. Choosing to exist, we will be changed in fundamental ways none of us understand, but changed we will be. However, we will be still alive to grapple with it, at the least.
I'm sure the left considers the 98% of born-again christians to be complicit in the terrorist bombings of abortion clinics committed by 2-3% of christian fanatical fringe.
adagny, last comment - I'm sure they do. And in this particular way, they are right. There is no excuse for murder and arson. You don't like abortion being legal? Then campaign to change the law. You know someone about to commit murder and arson? Shop them to the police.
The real difference between Christianity and Islam is that while the people you mention are not really Christians at all, the Islamic version are exemplary. Murder, rape, paedophilia, treason and bloody war are built into Islam from the very start.
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend".
That sums up the alliance that has been working between our democrat socialist party and the islamofacist cult members to attempt to destroy modern civilization.
Hey, here is something that those goat f****** can't do:
Fascism as a spreading fire mentioned in this movie clip from the 50s.
ht to whoever linked to it at BC.
Islam means submission, devine submission, the same coin as domination. So it is no kindness to treat Muslims with Western sympathies, which are mistaken for weakness, some of which it is. That is exactly what will end them in cataclysm.
This kind of mercy is pompous and deadly.
It is certainty they crave, but our certainty will only be witnessed in disaster.
Thanks, JD. I needed a little boost in my admiration of my country and culture today.
Always a blessing when the Muse is with Gerard.
The only innocent Muslims are the young children. That they will die is a tragedy, but no more so than the deaths of our children. And while we would stop all the killing if we could, Jihad kills endlessly and regardless.
I'm no seer and cannot imagine what scale of slaughter will push America into red-hot rage and the destruction of our enemies. But if I had to bet money, it would be on the day an elementary school goes up in flames or down in blood. Five hundred or a thousand American kids raped, tortured, mutilated, then burned alive or beheaded - that will cut through the fluff in a lot of heads.
I live in flyover country where 98 men out of a hundred are as ready to use their guns on Islamists as on deer. The Muslim world has no idea the fury they will be unleashing, but they do seem determined to find out.
What is the cost of our freedom???
What's the price to those who seek enslave us?
(I find Adagny's question completely idiotic and against humanity. People have died for the pleasure you relish in your "non-violence". You've been getting a free ride on the backs of patriots.)
Fox got off the fence tonight - big-time! Krauthammer let the top brass of the Army, the FBI, and the CIA have it point blank. Obama too. They ain't gonna let it rest. Keep up the pressure Gerard. Your inspiring lyrics must be the battle cry in the fight back. When your troops are intimidated into not reporting treason within their ranks for fear of being accused of racial discrimination and 'hate' crimes, it is certainly time for 'this generation to pull the sword from the stone ... and scourge Islamic fascism by fire."
Yes we know the trail begins in the settlements of Yathrib and Khaybar, in the Medina valley, almost 1400 years ago, before Egypt and the Iberian Peninsula. That's almost five hundred years before the first Crusade.
Gerald, have you thought about compiling your poems together into a book? I think these would make a fine volume, especially to spread around ideas about freedom and assertions against fascism.
These can educate quite well the many who never thought of all these things before, especially those in their 20s and the college generation. (It might well be a good weapon against campus PC.)
At least, if you publish the book, I'd buy myself a copy! :-)
This comment from the comment section of the VDH piece you featured in your 'On the Right' section. Seems "Anonymous" has been doing some serious thinking about the form that 'fire' should take.
Thanks for the candor Professor. . . . . .
Back in 2002, I realized we’d better be getting our act together, or we’d be in a counter-insurgency mode for a century, here in the Homeland and everywhere else, and probably couldn’t afford it, financially or morally.
- while entirely capable, the West would rather not “go Roman” on Islam; but our patience wears thinner with every slaughter;
- because we’re humane, we’ll instead send Islam a signal, strong enough to be heard and understood throughout the global ummah;
- we’re creating a target list of the Top 500 anti-Western imams; each to receive a fatal rebuke, at the time and place of our choosing. List refreshed daily.
- after the first few imams are exposed while hiding in their mosques (sorry bout that), the rest of the congregations will shun any imam on the published list, since close proximity at any time will be dangerous.
Eliminate the source, and maybe they’ll change their book to permit co-existence. It’ll be our final effort to save Islam."
Cathy said, "...and maybe they'll change their book to permit co-existence."
Judeo-Christianity did, ...Islam can.
Or can it?
adagny - For eight hundred years, Islam has stagnated and would be utterly insignificant were it not for the discovery of oceans of oil under the soil of the heart of Islam. Were it not for that, Islam could have carried on in its medieaeval barbarism until the end of time.
And so now the 1300-year war approaches an end. Islam, as it was and now is, is finished. There is no longer any room in the world for their particular brand of psychosis. Either Islam changes, or it dies in fire. Their choice.
"Do you guys even understand the nonsense you spout??"
I've already hit the 'commit'.
All that's needed now is critical mass and a spark.
The terrorists will supply both. All that's needed now is to wait.
When the Mongol empire was conquered by the Chinese, they were forced away from their warrior religion into the much more peaceful 'Buddhism' and they were never a threat to the world again.
It's been done before, it will be done again.
Give the Muslims what they have been doing to everyone since their vile beginning:
Submit to a peaceful religion or die.
(Pick one, I don't care),
...when the threat becomes existential, and it is, what choices do we have? We have two, die or destroy the enemy. Most will choose to destroy the enemy. Any other choice is psychotic.
In our contemplation of the ethics of collateral damage, it behooves us to remember that Islamic jihadists eagerly kill their own people, particularly their women and children, in pursuit of the goal that Islam rule the world. If we hit them hard enough to put an end to their madness, it would no doubt cost "innocent lives" but in the end their people would be free of the destruction perpetrated on them by their own countrymen.
I agree with Fletcher Christian that there are no truly innocent Muslims as their religion not only encourages but demands "theft, lying, murder, treason and bloody war."
I remember a snippet of poetry by Kenneth Patchen, something like "Humanity is a good thing. Perhaps we can arrange the murder of a sizeable number of people to save it."
I used to think that was harsh and cynical. But I was younger then.
As a foreign policy the proposal is on the hot-headed side. But as poetry this is up there with the greats.
It's just that with today's technology nukes aren't needed, smarter bombs will do. And the aftermath of a nuclear victory would be too unstable. There's no telling what might come out of it. On the other hand, the result of nuking the militaristic Japanese has produced a productive pacifist state, so we should keep the tools available.
As poetry this is great because it expresses a shared feeling and is cathartic. It also helps the reader feel strong when weakness is frightening. And the rhythm rolls on.