Murder Most Foul
By Israel Shamir
05/25/03: War is crime, but this is the manly crime defying
effeminate mores and rigid society. The most convinced pacifist can be
carried away by the sight of charging cavalry, attacking troops,
roaring tanks and fighter jets taking off a desert strip. Not in
vain, women admired warriors, poets sung their mighty deeds, and
priests anointed their heads. We can fetch a Roman adage or a
Koranic verse, a line from Shakespeare or Nietzsche to praise a
leader of men and disregard the costs of war. We can forgive a
bloodshed, it's sordid affairs that can't ever be forgiven.
Murder of the deposed Arab ruler's young sons is the ultimate sordid
crime of President Bush. It transformed him from a fool into a villain,
from the dubious vanquisher of a disarmed state into a vile murderer,
from a deceiver into a bloody crook, from the vainglorious chieftain on
board of the aircraft carrier into a vicious monster. Whatever we
think of Saddam Hussein, cynical and cruel murder of his sons is an
abysmal collapse into archaic mode. This is worse than Napoleon's
murder of young Duc d'Enghien, worse than the crimes of Richard III.
Stalin and Hitler, Churchill and
Roosevelt killed millions, but they did not hunt down children of
If the president would tear their noble hearts and gobble them
dripping blood on his starched shirt he would not be more disgusting. It
is a moral collapse of the ruling class: his schools, Harvard and
Yale, once aristocratic breeding ground of American gentlemen,
reached moral nadir under the guidance of Lawrence Summers the
Platitudinous, Samuel Huntington the Trivial, Leo Strauss the Godless
and Alan Dershowitz the Torturer. Probably Sing Sing would produce a
more suitable ruling class at lesser cost.
It is a moral collapse of the army. Hundreds of heavily armed American
soldiers who participated in the execution brought shame on themselves
and the Armed Forces. Copycatting the Israeli assassins, they shot
missiles at unprotected men. They are not soldiers anymore, their place
is with hangmen.
Their cowardly deed will delegate them into lower recesses of Hell,
within a shouting distance from Judas.
It is a moral collapse of the media. This docile tool of Empire stepped
into moral abyss beyond the cowardly murder. TV pundits discussed price
of blood in dollars and shekels, they argued whether the murder will put
paid to the Iraqi resistance. The TV screens were turned into stakes
bloodied heads of two handsome young men, a scary sight, but even
scarier was the joyous crowd of brokers and investors at Wall Street,
celebrating the Dow Jones' rise by guzzling Arab blood. It was not the
first vicious murder in mankind's history; but the first one met with
equanimity; a bloody
sacrifice to Mammon. The healing spasm of moral disgust did not shake
the sick society.
The dead and torn body of the fourteen-year-old boy, a grandchild
of Saddam Hussein, will haunt Bush whenever he looks at his own
children and grandchildren, like Banquo's bloody ghost on Macbeth's
feast. Indeed, the Texan killer of Hussein's sons is but a remorseless
replica of the Scottish
murderer of Macduff's sons.
In a Christian land he would be excommunicated, for a
vengeful murderer of his enemies' children has no place in Kingdom of
Christ. Not in vain he befriended Sharon and Perle who are used to laud
murder of Haman's children at the feast of Purim.
Noble and brave, the sons of Saddam Hussein did not
escape to a faraway land; they did not pocket billions for surrender,
they did not lounge in Minsk or Riyadh as the dishonest mainstream media
suggested. The Young Lions of Baghdad, they fought the superior forces
of aggressor, and fell defending their homeland. Kusai and Udai were
together in their lives; and in their death they were not divided. They
will be forever cherished in the collective memory of mankind, with
other tragic and courageous fighters against the Empire from
Vercingetorix the Gaul to the Sioux chief Sitting Bull, from Che Guevara
of Santa Clara to Abdel Kader al Husseini of Qastal.
Their last stand and their death redeemed Iraq and
returned self esteem to the Arabs. They died in flesh but remained alive
in spirit; their murderers are but living dead. When the Middle East
will regain its independence, their names will be written on the
precious porphyry of our monuments.
Israel Shamir is an Israeli journalist based in Jaffa. His articles can
be found on the site www.israelshamir.net
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