"Mahomet," a vision of Hell painted by Salvador Dali.
What are Mecca-nized muslims---outraged and
"provoked" by Danish cartoons, and now by Pope Benedict XVI--- going to do
about depictions of Mahomet rotting in Hell? And how will today's
touchy-feely Western man react to how the muslims react?
Imams and other operatives, in a sequel to Cartoon
War, have gone to work. Fire. Effigies. Placards in English for CNN . Curses
and cries of doom for the Christian dogs. War against the Cross. It's getting
medeival again. Even the moderate King of Morocco recalled his Ambassador to
the Vatican, where security has been increased. In Somalia assailants attacked a
Catholic nun working in a hospital, putting four bullets in her
If the Holy Pontiff gets reactions like this from
the holy warriors, just by quoting a 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor on
evil, violence and Mahomet, what to expect from depictions of Mahomet in
hell with his son Ali, disemboweled by the devil's sword, torso sliced open and
guts hanging out?
That's the image of Mahomet by one of the icons
of Western civilization, the Italian Dante Alighieri, in his immortal
narrative poem,"The Inferno." Dante, it seems clear, did not wear politically
correct panties. His tremendously uncompromising picture has also been
illustrated by famous Western artists, including Salvadore Dali, William Blake
and the sculptor Auguste Rodin. What to do about their works and dissemination
thereof? Apologies? From whom? Simple destruction and confiscation? By
Copies of Dante's "Inferno" have been distributed
world-wide, in dozens of languages. Can they somehow be confiscated and burned?
Can the Penguin edition somehow be withdrawn? And does this in effect raise a
sensitive question about human anatomy? That is, while being defensive and
apologetic to religious fanatics, is today's version of Western man also
anatomically correct: does he still have two functioning testicles? Are they
fully intact, and not semi-detached? For example, would Secular Sammy (or Mainstream Max) who
shows his courage and fortitude by glibly mocking Christians, ever face down
Islamics? As with the Mahomet cartoons, the secularista New York Times et al
can be expected to self-censor. They call it, of course, "sensitivity to muslim religious beliefs." Western Resistance raises similar questions, with a plethora of fine illustrations.
And from Dante himself, Canto XXVIII of "The Inferno" where, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, he encounters and describes Mahomet and son Ali.
Between his legs were hanging down his
entrails; His heart was visible, and
the dismal sack That maketh shit of
what is eaten.
While I was all absorbed in seeing
him, He looked at me, and opened with
his hands His bosom, saying: "See now
how I rend me;
How mutilated, see, is
Mahomet; In front of me doth Ali
weeping go, Face split from forelock
And all the others whom thou here
beholdest, Disseminators of scandal and
of schism While living were, and
therefore are ripped open.
BlogWorld:Alexandra at Allthingsbeautiful, continuing to examine the legacy of Mahomet, looks at Hezbollah in today's context of Lebanon, the Middle East, the Sunni-Shia conflicts etc in "Hope in Fear." ........Sept. 27 At Captain's Quarter's, news of the Berlin Opera, in fear of Islam, sacrificing a musical icon of Western civilization, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ......See Michelle Malkin's "Opera Rage."
It doesn't behoove a civilian (me) to criticize military experts who say it
was either impossible or prohibitively impractical and too dangerous to capture Osama bin Laden in the massively rugged terrain of Tora Bora,
Afghanistan near the Pakistan
border. If I did an in-depth investigation it might behoove, but I didn't, so it
That said, the President , by his own
words, wanted very much to get OBL dead or alive. I don't need to flame or fawn
over George Bush. I take him as I see him: in some ways a sort of JFK-like
liberal and globalizer (but less articulate) who wants to do the right
thing, has made his share of mistakes---which include getting awfully
politically correct--- and during much of his first six years in office has
let opponents---including the weasels and two-faced--- mock gratuitously and put him on the defensive
As for Osama bin Laden's continued impunity, we keep hearing excuses that
sound like distractions. Capturing him, we're told,would have no strategic
value. It would only be a "psychological" victory. See? He's just a symbol now
anyway, on kidney dialysis. Islamo terror will go on, with or without him, and
with or without al-Quaeda. So what's it matter? It would only be a
Does it matter? Unless you smoke conspiracy crack in a lefty water pipe and
think George Bush planted explosives and flew robot planes into the Twin Towers
and Pentagon, you tend to take bin Laden at his word here. This rich jihadi
managed to attack the U.S. mainland in a way that Hitler, Stalin and Tojo never
did. On the recent CNN special he is shown stating(or quoted as stating) that he now has a religious
" mandate" or "permission" to kill ten million Americans in the next
strike. After five years he's still wanted, with no proof that he's dead or
alive. And many Americans, with a straight face, will say this doesn't matter,
it's just "psychological." The Government culture of non-accountability
assists, as Democrats and Republicans point fingers at each other but actually, in their mime show, cover
each other's big fat buttocks, nobody ever thrown in prison or even fired after hundreds
of pages of official and "authoritative" 9.11 "inquiries" into how a bunch of Koran lovers could take pilot lessons in Florida and pull
off such a spectacular and historic strike on the US mainland. In Washington the concepts of
disgrace and dishonor have been safely sedated. In their caves and mosques the self-styled "holy warriors"
seem to understand this. Why would they not mock and defy?
Rome, of course, had an outlook somewhat different from today's Washington.
One example is the pressure in the second century BC to get Jugurtha. Jugurtha
was king of the Numidians in the Roman province of Africa, what today would be
called North Africa or Algeria near Tunisia. (This was a long time, incidentally, after
Africa had invaded Europe, when the legendary Hannibal crossed the Alps with
his elephants and barbarian army, plunging down into terrified Italy.)
Marius had done what many ambitious, energetic young men from modest
backgrounds have done throughout the ages: He joined the military. He rose in
the ranks. When the call came to 'Get Jugurtha!', Marius was ready.The
aristocratic Senate wasn't crazy about this upstart. They were as high-born as
George Bush and understandably wary about someone who might not play by "the
rules of the game." But Marius got the assignment: 'Go get Jugurtha!' He
If you think it was a breeze in that rocky, mountainous terrain in North
Africa because the Romans didn't have the ACLU or preppy "Pinch" Sulzberger
or a thousand shifty lawyers watching their backs, you still have to admit that the Roman Army had no air
support, or mechanized logistics, c-rations or even a capability for heliborne
Ranger insertions, not to mention no instant telecom with Rome. But, without
going into details and cutting to the rugged chase, put it this way: Marius got his man. Yes,
there's some question as to whether the aristocratic Sulla, due to some
clever work with Jugurtha's father-in-law, laid the trap of treachery for the Numidian king and
should get equal or greater credit than the now celebrated Marius. Whatever, the
fact remains that Jugurtha was brought to Rome and paraded in chains in the
Triumph, as the people cheered wildly. After the grand festivities he was delivered to
a dungeon, rather unceremoniously, where uncouth soldiers, or guards (possibly
breaking stringent Roman discipline) ripped the precious earrings off his ears.
Jugurtha eventually died in that dungeon.
The Romans, known for their extraordinary engineering, soaring architecure,
road building, constitution, system of laws, and state religion, seemed to have
no qualms about a mere "psychological" victory.
Note: The gringo caravan is back from sabbatical.
Posting should be more frequent, depending on the psychic weather and its
global warming. Being in the East, at any rate, doesn't tie you down in
a cyclo pedicab or tuk-tuk or moto-dop anymore. That old Vietnam/Indochina thing
is over (speaking to those who know it once existed.) We internuts realize
how inter-connected everything's gotten, right? You can do almost anything from
almost anywhere. You want to study cyclical human weather patterns that
include, but are not limited to, the Asian land mass? How about socialist life
and Josip Stalin as only his daughter Svetlana could tell it? How about
Sigmund Freud's 'Civilization and its Discontents'? And
Leo Tolstoy's imaginative yet devastatingly accurate portrait of a successful
judge, his circle and his family life in 'The Death of Ivan Ilyitch'? And
social critic Camille Paglia's take-down and punch-out of acadummies and white
feminists like the politically correct princesses, among others? And the blazing
satire of Petronius Arbiter's fools, slaves, poets and lovers in the time of
Nero? And Balzac's aristocratic but passionate zoo of post-Enlightenment
Paris, featuring an old man's obsessional love for his two daughters and a young
man's plan to conquer one of them on his road to fortune, ('Pere Goriot.') And
we cannot forget the masterly Edward Gibbon's account of how, after Rome
declined, degenerated and became too 'smart' for its old gods and goddesses,
the Arabs and slave converts mounted superb horses, raised the sword of a new monotheism, something culled from Judaism and called 'Islam,' and they conquered from Spain to Egypt to Syria to
India---as there were no longer men, or any Caesar or Marius or Augustus or Pompey or Hadrian or Trajan--- or even Constantine---on the scene
to stop them. Once mighty Rome, the West incarnate, could now be safely mocked.
Sabbaticals can work for multi-tasking. Therapeutic possibilities too.