Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Obligatory Crossed Swords Post

The former parade ground for the Iraqi military still has the famous "Crossed Swords" at both ends. If you are in Baghdad, you simply must have your picture taken there. I am no different, so here it is.

What struck me when I saw the one arm in disrepair was the memory of the words from "Ozymandias" by Shelly. "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair." Yes, do so. Would that every Kim Il Sung, Bashir Asad and Fidel Castro be made to look at this. And despair.

Nobody marches to salute Saddam. Nobody maintains the "glory" of his works. Dead by the ruling of the judiciary in a representative government that has washed away the power, the privilege and position of his party. His sons wiped away like any other criminal scum who go down shooting. His enemies make a tourist stop of his former place of follower-worship.

Despair, ye "mighty". Despair.


Blogger David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 10/24/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

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