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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

I will make mine arrows drunk with blood

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Btw, it's 1:13 am here! [Gaza lit with flares, buildings rocked by explosions]: photo by Dima Eleiwa, 29 July 2014

32 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.
41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.
44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:
46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
48 And the Lord spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying,
49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:
50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:
51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of MeribahKadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.

Deuteronomy 32 (KJV)



The night lit by Israeli flares, air filled with smoke of explosions
: photo by Dima Eleiwa, 29 July 2014




Is Gaza being bombed into oblivion tonight while you all press RETWEET on your cellphones?
: photo by Hanine, 29 July 2014


Suha Najjar took this photo from her home in Gaza tonight. Absolutely chilling
: photo by Suha Najjar, image by Ghazala Irshad via Twitter, 29 July 2014

An explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV and radio as long as other Arab channels.

An explosion rocks the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV and radio as well as other Arab channels
: photo by AP, 29 July 2014

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Definitely the worst night ever! it is the most barbaric and terrifying night ever!: photo by Nadia AbuShaban, 29 July 2014


Gaza night sky tonight: photo by Imtiaz Tyab, 29 July 2014


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Israeli flares lighting up the skies over Gaza. Missile strikes inevitably follow. This tiny strip is being pounded
: photo by Imtiaz Tyab, 28 July 2014



on Deuteronomy
 
It seems quite likely that Deuteronomy is the one book of the Hexateuch that existed in essentially its present fashion before the Exile.

At least, Deuteronomy, or part of it, is usually identified with "the book of the law" discovered in the Temple in 621 B.C. during the reign of King Josiah:

2 Kings 22:8. And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord . . .

This came at a time when there had been periodic strife between the temporal and spiritual power in
the kingdom and when there had been two recent reigns that were disastrous for the Yahvists. On the other hand, there was now an impressionable young king on the throne, Josiah.

Perhaps it occurred to some among the priesthood to prepare an organized exposition of the laws which, in Yahvist eyes, ought to govern the king and the people, writing into it a clear spiritual supremacy. This writing, as "the book of the law", was then providentially "discovered" and brought to the king. The doctrine, placed in the mouth of Moses, treated as of great antiquity, and put forward most eloquently, was bound to impress the king.
 
It did, and the priestly plan succeeded in full. Until then, Yahvism had been a minority sect, often persecuted and sometimes in danger of being wiped out altogether. Now, for the first time, it assumed an ascendancy, and, thanks to the enthusiastic co-operation of Josiah, it was made the official religion of the land.
 
There was backsliding after Josiah's death, but Yahvism had been made powerful enough to meet the challenge of the Exile, which followed soon after. The Yahvist priests, during the Exile, as they edited the old traditions and codified the laws, incorporated Deuteronomy virtually intact into the Hexateuch.

After the Exile, Yahvism, the minority sect, had become Judaism, the national religion of the people. Through its daughter religions, Christianity and Islam, Yahvism came to dominate the religious life of well over a billion people in the time that has passed since then. If
Deuteronomy is dwelt with briefly in this book because it is not primarily concerned with history, that does not mean it may not be the most important part of the Bible in some ways, or even the most important piece of writing in the world.

Isaac Asimov: from Asimov's Guide to the Bible, 1968


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Seen from our house by Jason Shawa: photo by WhateverinGaza, 29 July 2014



The view from my room. Gaza's port on fire. Blast so intense our hotel shook. Some windows blown in: photo by Imtiaz Tyab, 29 July 2014
 
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Gaza getting attacked this morning...
: image by Falasteen via Twitter, 29 July 2014


Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza seaport, burning the fishermen's stores
: image by Mazen Mahdi via Twitter, 29 July 2014

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The place is still on fire!: photo by Dima Eleiwa, 29 July 2014

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A terrifying night in Gaza. Constant bombardment
: photo by Nicole Johnston, 29 July 2014


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Al-Amin Mohammad mosque, targeted 3 hours ago
: photo by Ahmad Al-karirri, 29 July 2014

#GazaUnderAttack | Soldiers leaked information about targeting Gaza’s civilians

July 29, 2014

An Israeli 155mm artillery cannon fires from a base in southern Israel into the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli 155mm artillery cannon fires from a base in southern Israel into the Gaza Strip
: photo by Jim Hollander / EPA, 29 July 2014

Eran Efrati 2014-07-29 at 03.06.11 AM

(via Occupied Palestine)


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Holding his coin.  These are the israeli targets -- children killers
: photo by Dr Bassel Abuwarda, 29 July 2014

Carta al director Javier Bardem sobre la masacre en Gaza

El Diario, 25 July 2014

En el horror que está sucediendo en Gaza NO cabe la equidistancia ni la neutralidad. Es una guerra de ocupación y de exterminio contra un pueblo sin medios, confinado en un territorio mínimo, sin agua y donde hospitales, ambulancias y niños son blancos y presuntos terroristas. Difícil de entender e imposible de justificar. Y vergonzosa la postura de la comunidad internacional occidental de permitir tal genocidio.

No entiendo esta barbarie que los horribles antecedentes del pueblo judío hacen aún más cruelmente incomprensibles. Solo las alianzas geopolíticas, esa máscara hipócrita de los negocios -- por ejemplo, la venta de armas -- explican la posición vergonzosa de EEUU, la UE y España.

Sé que los de siempre deslegitimarán mi derecho a la opinión con temas personales, por eso quiero aclarar los siguientes puntos:

, mi hijo nació en un hospital judío porque tengo gente muy querida y cercana que es judía y porque ser judío no es sinónimo de apoyar esta masacre, igual que ser hebreo no es lo mismo que ser sionista, y ser palestino no es ser un terrorista de Hamas. Eso es tan absurdo como decir que ser alemán te emparenta con el nazismo.

Sí, trabajo también en USA donde tengo amigos y conocidos hebreos que rechazan tales intervenciones y políticas de agresión. "No se puede invocar la autodefensa mientras se asesina a niños", me decía uno de ellos por teléfono ayer mismo. Y también otros con los que discuto abiertamente sobre nuestras encontradas posturas.

Sí, soy europeo y me avergüenza una comunidad que dice representarme con su silencio y su nula vergüenza.

Sí, vivo en España pagando mis impuestos y no quiero que mi dinero financie políticas que apoyen esta barbarie y el negocio armamentístico con otros países que se enriquecen matando a niños inocentes.

Sí, estoy indignado, avergonzado y dolido por tanta injusticia y asesinato de seres humanos. Esos niños son nuestros hijos. Es el horror. Ojalá que haya compasión en los corazones de los que matan y desaparezca este veneno asesino que solo crea más odio y violencia. Que aquellos israelíes y palestinos que solo sueñan con paz y convivencia puedan un día compartir su solución.


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Israel has murdered 224 Palestinian children in 20 days. An epic crime against humanity: photo by Dr Bassel Abuwarda, 29 July 2014

Genocide


In the horror happening right now in Gaza there is NO place for distance or neutrality. It's a war of occupation and extermination waged against a people with no means, confined in a minimum territory, with no water, and where hospitals, ambulances, and children are targets and presumed to be terrorists. It's hard to understand and impossible to justify. And it's disgraceful that western countries are permitting such genocide. 

I can't understand this barbarism, even more cruel and incomprehensible considering all of the horrible things the Jewish people have gone through in the past. Only geopolitical alliances, that hypocritical mask of business -- for example, the sale of weapons -- the shameful position taken by the U.S., the E.U. and Spain.

I know that as usual certain people will discredit my right to express my opinion with personal attacks, which is why I would like to clarify the following points:

Yes, my son was born in a Jewish hospital because I have very dear close friends who are Jewish and because being Jewish does not automatically mean you support this massacre, just like being Hebrew does not mean you are a Zionist, just like being Palestinian does not automatically make you a Hamas terrorist. That's just as absurd as saying that being German makes you Nazi.

Yes, I also work in the U.S. where I have  a lot of Jewish friends and acquaintances who reject such interventions and the politics of aggression. "You can't call it self-defense while you're murdering children," one of them said on the phone to me yesterday. And others with whom I openly debate our conflicting positions.

Yes, I'm European and I'm ashamed of the European Community that claims to represent me with its silence and its utter shamelessness.

Yes, I live in Spain and I pay my taxes and I don't want my money to finance policies that support this barbarism and the arms industry along with other countries that get rich murdering innocent children.

Yes, I'm outraged, ashamed and hurt by all of this injustice and human beings getting killed. Those children are our children. It's horrendous. I can only hope that those who kill will find it in their hearts to show compassion and be cured of this murderous poison which only breeds more hate and violence. That those Israelis and Palestinians who only dream of peace and coexistence can some day find a solution together.
 
Javier Bardem
 

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I've never seen such heavy bombardments before. 100% i am going to DIE, said GOODBYE to everyone: photo by Dr Basel Abuwarda, 29 July 2014

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I've never seen such heavy bombardments before. 100% i am going to DIE, said GOODBYE to everyone: photo by Dr Basel Abuwarda, 29 July 2014

Monday, 28 July 2014

Clean Sheets

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This man made one last trip back to his house in Beit Hanoun to save his bird, Zooba: photo by Kristen Chick via Twtter, 26 July 2014

Mustafa al-Masri carried a yellow birdcage as he struggled to create a path between chunks of concrete, steel rebar, and downed electricity lines. He had just returned from making one last trip to his home to save his canary, named Zooba. Inside his home, one of few in the area left intact, he found signs that Israeli troops had used it as a base. Packaging from American military rations lay on the ground, with a bottle of bug spray with writing in Hebrew, and an intravenous line apparently used by a wounded soldier. There was evidence that the soldiers had used the house during clashes with militants. Spent bullet casings littered the floor under a window in his parents' bedroom, which had been ransacked. And on the roof were more spent bullet casings under an opening in the wall, as well as the launchers of two used light anti-tank weapons.
 

Kristen Chick: Amid cease-fire, Gaza residents return home to find widespread destruction, Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2014

Your family's gone,
home gone,
your history, memories,
your humanity
and your canary
O let us hope
has flown away

your dignity theirs
to take at will
your life
fleeting
on the wing
and on the next roof
a slight lifting of the wind
no more than a whisper

the blast
itself
the white sheets
flapping

in the moment before





 A Palestinian man cries in front of his destroyed house in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip: photo by Oliver Weiken / EPA, 26 September 2014

Gaza residents who returned back to devastated border found large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.

 Gaza residents who returned back to devastated border town of Beit Hanoun found large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets: photo by Hatem Moussa / AP, 26 July 2014



  More than 160,000 Palestinians have been displaced during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip: photo by Oliver Weiken / EPA, 26 September 2014



  In Beit Hanoun, the streets were filled at midmorning with frantic residents, many of whom had walked several miles from temporary shelters to inspect the damage to their homes and retrieve belongings: photo by Oliver Weiken / EPA, 26 September 2014

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Back into the Ruins: What is this? Just stunned


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Shijaiyah leveled. In this block multiple buildings down. Bombing here would have been unsurvivable: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

Depth of Gaza devastation become clear after cease-fire: William Booth, Washington Post, 26 July 2014

Gaza City -- With safe passage promised by a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, residents of the areas hardest hit in Gaza fighting returned to their homes Saturday. They could not believe what they saw.

Many roads were barely passable, and almost silent. Women did not wail. The men looked stunned. Their neighborhoods were reduced to ugly piles of gray dust, shattered cement block and twisted rebar.

Huge bomb craters marked the spot where on Friday four-story apartment blocks had stood. On some streets, it seemed as if every house was riddled with bullet holes or shrapnel spray, charred by flames or leveled.



Whole blocks of apartment houses destroyed in Shijaiyah. Scale is far far greater than previous Gaza wars: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


The scale of the damage from Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire was the worst seen in the 19 days since Israel launched its offensive. Much of the damage witnessed Saturday had occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours as diplomats debated the terms of a possible truce.

“It looks like an earthquake,” said Rafet Sukar, at the front door of his home on the main street in Shijaiyah, a residential district east of central Gaza City. The back half of his house was gone.

“It was a miracle we got out of here alive,” said Rami Sukar, his brother.



Blocks of apartments, houses just gone in Shijaiyah. Gaza is just stunned: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

The tops of mosque minarets -- perhaps sources of sniper fire -- were blasted away. 

Schools and hospitals were peppered with shrapnel from missiles and shells that fell within their perimeters.

Water pump stations were blown up, electrical lines toppled onto the streets, the main roads blocked by deep impact craters. 



Beit Hanoun, less than a kilometer from Israeli border: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


At the front lines, within sight of the concrete wall that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel, fresh trails from Israeli tanks and combat bulldozers snaked through backyard gardens and rolled over greenhouses.

Fires still smoldered as the first reporters and residents reached the towns on the front. 

There was no looting, nor any police on the streets.



Beit Hanoun. People return to find neighborhood in ruins. Residents just stunned. Almost quiet. They're in shock: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


Ambulances struggled to reach the dead. Search crews followed bulldozers that cleared a path forward. There were reports of wounded still trapped in buildings. The Gaza Health Ministry said its crews had recovered at least 85 bodies Saturday.

According to the ministry, more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the course of the 19-day campaign.

It was obvious that the recovery would take time. In some places, the odor of bodies came so strongly that passersby gagged.

“It will take more than 12 hours to dig them out,” said Yussif Abid al-Hamid, an emergency medical technician wearing latex gloves and trying to get his mask back over his nose. “We need heavy equipment here. We need earthmovers. We can’t dig with our bare hands.”



Scenes of Beit Hanoun. Whole blocks destroyed, huge bomb craters, minarets hit, fires still burning, bodies: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


There were many dead animals, too. Donkeys, horses, cows were scattered at the edges of fields and in the marketplaces. The farm towns at the edges of Gaza are where the shepherds live, and in the shelling they were forced to abandon their flocks.





Coming into Beit Hanoun: shepherds moving sheep out of battle zone: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


Down one lane, two men carried a cage filled with songbirds. People in Gaza are so desperate that some who came home to gather up belongings left with a few cans of fruit or a half-gallon of cooking oil.

Local reporters and Gaza residents said the scale of destruction in the areas targeted -- the acres of bombed housing -- exceeded damage done in the two previous wars of 2009 and 2012. No detailed assessment of the most recent damage was available.

In Beit Hanoun in the northern tier of the Gaza Strip -- the scene of intense street battles between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops -- there were brass bullet casings and pools of blood and soiled bandages, but no sign of who had won or lost.


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Beit Hanoun. What is this?
: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


Fighters with Hamas and the other militant factions were nowhere to be seen, although Israeli military commanders assumed that the militants would use the 12-hour window to redeploy men and materiel.

Neighborhoods visited by reporters just a day earlier were transformed. Mohammad Shawesh returned to his home in Beit Hanoun on Saturday morning, thinking there might be some minor damage. It was a wreck. He and his family were picking through the gutted rooms, and they assembled at the curb a pitiful bag of rice and a couple of cooking pots.



Family in Beit Hanoun digging out. Collecting a pitiable bag of rice, couple of cooking pots: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

“I don’t think the truce will last,” he said.

A few hundred yards away, an Israeli tank started up with a cough of brown smoke and began rumbling forward.



House destroyed in Beit Hanoun: lots of downed power lines, dead animals, spent cartridges and last night's tank treads: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

Zuhair Hamad had not seen his home in 17 days. It was destroyed. “We came to get some clothes for the kids,” he said. “The clothes are under there somewhere.”

A hysterical neighbor shouted at journalists -- “This was an atom bomb!” -- before his friends pulled him away.
 

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Bomb crater in Beit Hanoun: 7 bodies last night. Tanks just down road. People fleeing shouting "the Jews are coming!": photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


At the end of their block, another Israeli tank turned a corner around a sandy berm and residents began to run back, shouting, “The Jews are coming!”

After a few hundred yards, Shijaiyah’s main boulevard became impassable for vehicles, and so residents walked. The Israeli military said the district sits on a vast network of underground bunkers, weapons caches and “terror tunnels.” 


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 Press at work in Shijaiyah today: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

“I worked 20 years to make my home, to buy the furniture to put inside,” said Mohammad Helou, a carpenter who had lived in a four-story apartment house with the families of his three brothers.

All that was left was a deep hole in the ground, and a prayer rug they dug up.

William Booth is The Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief. He was previously bureau chief in Mexico, Los Angeles and Miami. He has covered armed conflict in Libya, Iraq, Haiti, and the Balkans.




People including women emerge on streets of Gaza City as 12 hour "humanitarian pause" begins: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


And before hell mouth; dry plain
              and two mountains;
On the one mountain, a running form,
              and another
In the turn of the hill; in hard steel
The road like a slow screw’s thread,
The angle almost imperceptible,
               so that the circuit seemed hardly to rise;
And the running form, naked, Blake,
Shouting, whirling his arms, the swift limbs,
Howling against the evil,
               his eyes rolling,
Whirling like flaming cart-wheels,
               and his head held backward to gaze on the evil
As he ran from it,
                to be hid by the steel mountain,
And when he showed again from the north side;
                his eyes blazing toward hell mouth,
His neck forward,
                and like him Peire Cardinal.
And in the west mountain, Il Fiorentino,
Seeing hell in his mirror,
                 and lo Sordels
Looking on it in his shield;
And Augustine, gazing toward the invisible.





Rotorua Mud Pools, New Zealand: photo by Keith Thome, 5 March 2011

 
And past them, the criminal
                lying in the blue lakes of acid,
The road between the two hills, upward
                slowly,
The flames patterned in lacquer, crimen est actio,
The limbo of chopped ice and saw-dust,
And I bathed myself with acid to free myself
               of the hell ticks,
Scales, fallen louse eggs.




Erupting Mud Pool, Rotorua, New Zealand: photo by Alan Smith, 29 December 2008

               Palux Laerna,
the lake of bodies, aqua morta,
of limbs fluid, and mingled, like fish heaped in a bin,
and here an arm upward, clutching a fragment of marble,
And the embryos, in flux,
              new inflow, submerging,
Here an arm upward, trout, submerged by the eels;
              and from the bank, the stiff herbage
the dry nobbled path, saw many known, and unknown,
for an instant;
               submerging,
The face gone, generation.

Ezra Pound: from Canto XVI, 1923, in A Draft of XXX Cantos (1930)




Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand: photo by world-wide-gifts, 11 January 2009

Pre-Socratic

There remain lessons to be gained from history
It once more becomes
hard not to see
through the gauze binding
that not only is any given thing
that happens
not nothing, but (remember!) it just may be



Shijaiyah leveled. In this block multiple buildings down. Bombing here would have been unsurvivable: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014