The River

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

It gets more transparent by the day

Corollary to "there is no war on terrorism": There is a war on stability. Provoke when needed. (Sanctions on Syria in the news today just one example.) Create the chaos, sow the whirlwind.

Manipulate, manipulate, manipulate through the media. What images are broadcast and what images are not? What is a "story" and what isn't? Why is the Berg incident so conveniently timed? Who did it? Al Qaeda? What is that? Where does it end and U.S. (I do not say "our") black ops begin?

None of this is a "failure," none of it is "stupid" or "incompetent" from the Administration's perspective. What they have set in motion is afoot. Full stop.

The Second Coming -- W. B. 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 convictions, 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?

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