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from one masterpiece; to another

By Mike Cunningham On June 18th, 2014 at 9:52 am

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear –
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’

Whilst in contemplative mood, I would ask ATW readers if, in their opinion, Shelley’s masterpiece has its own echo in this Telegraph article about the Iraqi city once described by an American President as a place where he could  “see the outlines of the Iraq we’ve been fighting for”.

I would only comment that if this resembles what all those American lives, as well as the vast amounts of treasure spent upon this ill-conceived and poorly-executed shambles produced, maybe we should have left Saddam Hussein in place, and, once the Taliban were driven from power, left Afghanistan as well.

 

DEMOCRACY OVER-RATED?

By David Vance On March 9th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I think this is an excellent opinion post from one of my regular B-BBC readers which fits more readily here on ATW…

“BBC Political punditc Andrew Marr (Red Andy, the self confessed ‘raving lefty’) stated happily recently that democracy was over rated…4 or 5 year election cycles meant that governments thought only short term and perhaps a longer term solution was needed….like Chinese one party rule perhaps?

As Marr has said before such an idea might not be unacceptable….”..the final answer, frankly, is the vigorous use of state power to coerce and repress. It may be my Presbyterian background, but I firmly believe that repression can be a great, civilising instrument for good. Stamp hard on certain ‘natural’ beliefs for long enough and you can almost kill them off.” Andrew Marr, The Guardian, Feb. 1999

I think people like Marr show that Baronness Warsi is almost certainly mistaken in her assertion that ‘Islamophobia’ is now acceptable around the dining room table….it is highly unlikely that the social circles that hold dinner parties of a particular kind that Warsi meant are opposed in reality to Islam. It was after all a precursor to Communism, the ‘Party of God’ if you like…one ruler and one set of rules.

Consider this website and the fact that many such ‘professionals’ probably default to the same position of unthinking ‘tolerance’ and support of Islam and condemnation of the West:

Look at the ‘related links’ and read the articles…all in support of the ‘victim’ that is Islam and the Muslim.

Far from Islamophobia you have a positive acceptance of Islam and a desire to further its intrusion into Western society.

Such an attitude will lead to certain conflict as Islam seeks to assert itself as it becomes more sure of its power as more immigrants enter the country and politicians seek to win their votes.

A look at Muslim countries around the world will tell us that non-Muslims are in a precarious and dangerous position…even in Sweden Jews are having to flee from Muslim attacks. In a growing majority of Muslim countries it can be said that Christians are not safe and are becoming an ever shrinking minority that lives in fear.

Such ground truths are overlooked by our politicians and Liberal ‘elite’….the price will be heavy in blood and loss of freedoms and values that were won over the centuries by hard struggle by brave men and women….all to be thrown away by a privileged sector of society that believes that whatever happens, whoever takes charge, they will always manage to worm their way to positions of power and influence and maintain their rich lifestyles regardless of what happens to the people that are forced to suffer this imposition.

They excuse the 7/7 bombers as people discriminated against, suffering neglect, demeaned and ignored, jobless and marginalised…..but the EDL are racist thugs with no reason for their protests.

Kill 52 people and injure 700…it’s OK if you feel it is a legitimate way to express your democratic rights denied to you by an unrepresentative system.

Wave a flag of St George and state Islam is an oppressive religion unsuited to a democratic society and you are racist, rightwing Nazis.”