Friday, December 28, 2007

Another Light Lost

Thousands of years ago Plato wrote The Republic, one of the most famous and widely studied works in western civilization. He tells the tale of the trial of Socrates who was condemned to death and executed by poison. A few hundred years later in Calvary the Romans crucified someone. We can now add Benazir Bhutto to the list of leaders murdered.

To what extent she and her husband stole money or committed corruption exceeds my blogger budget. Bhutto lived in a reality surrounded by death. Her father was hanged and her brothers were both killed. She lived a life on thin ice and knew it.

I remember feeling physically sick when I heard of the assassination of Anwar Sadat. I felt even sicker when I heard of the assassination of Yitzak Rabin and will never forget waking up that fall 1980 morning to the news that John Lennon had been murdered. For what?

No language can capture the magnitude of the violence that occurs on this planet, but the deaths of the nameless and faceless don’t deliver the blow and sense of loss that occurs when someone “known” is murdered. When someone I respect (and flaws noted, I respected Bhutto) is killed, I feel ill. It hurts, and I want to hurt back. If I wish, I can permit rage to flow through my veins, the cool sensation of hatred towards a demonized foe I would like to tear apart. Forget compassion and seethe with the lust for blood.

During the movie days about fifteen years ago I wrote a script for a feature length science fiction film and had some Hollywood people read it. I went all out and produced a treatment, synopsis, even a detailed budget. I could have produced it for $15 M (1992 dollars). They complained, "How can you have a movie about people on a space ship and never see space or the ship? How can you film aliens that don’t have bodies?"

I explained Tarkovkey’s Solaris to no avail. Alas, no film, the typical result for a screenplay. Biological themes and pandemics are thick in the story. The aliens ultimately take us out, all of us, regarding humanity as a disease, bacteria of the cosmos to be eradicated to preserve universal well being.

I also wrote a short story once, a take off on Childhood’s End where aliens land on the planet and deliver a tough love speech. Bottom line of the speech: You people are completely messed up and need to get your act together. Here’s what you need to do and here are the guidelines for getting it done. Handle it or else.

To any superior, benevolent extra-terrestrial aliens that might be reading, forget the nonsense about non-intervention and every species determining its own fate. Really, it’s okay.

When our leaders try to do good, we kill them. It's time for the Overlords to kick some ass.


Blogger Liza said...

Ordinarily, this would be an outstanding opportunity for the mainstream media (excluding Fox, of course) to take a hard look at US foreign policy in the Mideast. We know that it won't happen.

Benizar Bhutto represented hope for a great many people in Pakistan and her assassination is a terrible loss for them, to be sure.

12/28/2007 6:16 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

This assassination just shows the violent and extremist nature of islamic fanaticism. Islam has a history of hatred and violence and they live for jihad, war against anything they can find.

They have a religion based on hatred and violence, and killing is all they know. They have been killing each other for thousands of years. They put women in prison for being raped. They still stone people to death. They are savages with no conscience or capacity for moral judgment.

Islam is the cancer, not humanity. They worship murder as a holy act.

If your "overlords" arrive, the elimination of these fanatics would be their first order of business.

Second on their list would be the racist scum that want to extinguish Israel.

12/28/2007 7:15 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...


Have you ever actually been to a country where the primary religion is Islam?

Do you have any actual understanding of how many wars have been started by nations where Christianity is the primary religion, and how many deaths those wars have engendered?

Fundamental Muslims are not representative of all Muslims just as neo-Nazis. say, are nto representative of all Americans.

Which isn't to day there isn't a problem. There clearly is ... but it's not a problem which can be represented as simply and easily (and mindlessly) as you would seem to prefer.

12/29/2007 7:01 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

"diana" is back. How wonderful.

Diana, do you ever go back and read what you just wrote? The "racist scum" that you so abhor is you, quite obviously.

12/29/2007 9:54 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

Diana, Please do us a favor and crawl under a rock. You might meet some like minded critters.

Yes, x4mr, it would be delightful for aliens to land on earth and straighten us out, as in the film "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

Unfortunately, I have the feeling we are on our own. Aliens of a higher nature probably regard Earth as a "bad neighborhood" and warn their children to stay away.

12/29/2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Diana is a bit odd. The blog is intentionally designed to weed out certain readers. Not to be snobbish, but it's not a particularly "stupid friendly" place (in my opinion, Sirocco's blog also requires a fairly aware reader).

Diana's views don't surprise me. I am less clear why s/he reads this place let alone comments. S/he apparently doesn't get that the views submitted land here like a cerebral turd.

So far, I will leave comment moderation off because in general I like to encourage the exchange of ideas including disagreement. Diana's banter is at worst annoying.

This assassination makes me sick. There are stories emerging about some emails or messages (I haven't checked them out yet). I have a degree of confidence that she knew she would die by assassination.

It was not an IF, but a WHEN.


12/29/2007 3:39 PM  

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