As this is not the time for what Sir Winston termed the terminological inexactitude , in the next blog entry I’ll get round to the delicate matter of pointing out with precision, the fallacies in Big Daddy Löfven’s statements of support and explanation of Margot Wallström’s latest faux pas. This should be dutifully followed by some comments on our Honourable Prime Minister’s public confession of,
“Jag måste tyvärr ändå säga att Sverige nog har varit naiva” (“Unfortunately, I must still say that Sweden has probably been naïve”. Not him or the government, but Sweden, collectively, Sweden, We Sweden, all of us, people and country. Jimmie Åkesson says that it was not at all a matter of naivety, it was just ignorance pure and simple. Jimmie Åkesson is not a big fan of his Prime Minister.
Exactly what Jimmie Åkesson may mean by ignorance is another matter altogether.The Devil’s Dictionary has its own definition
: “IGNORAMUS, n. a person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to you, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.”
In any case, the PM is the leader in government and in that capacity, acting as our High Priest was confessing this naivety or ignorance or whatever on our collective behalf as in the Confession which goes, “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.”…
Bob Marley explains it all in The Heathen
Bob Dylan says here
“That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do.”
And if he (Vilks) wants to award himself unlimited artistic license (limited only by his ability/lack of ability at the sunset or moonshine in his imagination) then on this occasion I’m content with awarding myself limited poetic license to express what’s on my mind. He should know that we still live in a world of cause and effect. And as the Swedish proverb goes, “Som man bäddar får man ligga” – the English equivalent being, ”As you sow, so shall you reap”
It was not so long ago that Jean Claude Juncker said, “I will say to the Greeks who I love deeply: You mustn’t commit suicide because you are afraid of death.”
Indeed one of the most famous holy sonnets of the great English Poet John Donne is his
“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”
Yet John Donne himself in real life, one version of the story is that when he realised that he was finally breathing his last in all humility, he hastily called for the Catholic priest to administer the last rites…
In our youth we feel immortal – ready for anything and as you can see it’s mostly young people that are ready for jihad (have you yet heard of any old men who became suicide-bombers?) That may well answer the question of who hungers more for the virgins of paradise, the old men or the young men? I ask because I don’t know). The Torah lists those who are unqualified to fight:
5. And the officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there who has built a new house and has not [yet] inaugurated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the war, and another man inaugurate it
6. And what man is there who has planted a vineyard, and has not [yet] redeemed it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he dies in the war, and another man redeems it.
7. And what man is there who has betrothed a woman and has not [yet] taken her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he dies in the war, and another man takes her.”
8 And the officers shall continue to speak to the people and say, “What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, that he should not cause the heart of his brothers to melt, as his heart.” (Deuteronomy 20:5-8
Dan, an acquaintance from Morocco was in the Six Day War; he was only twenty at the time and when he heard the call, he was ready to roll. When you’re twenty come snow or slime, you’re ready to roll. When I was twenty and saw a forty year old talking to my lady it was never a cause for worry as my thought then was, “He’s just wasting his time. What can he do?” Now of course I realise that I could have been wrong: Some forty- year olds can perform even more than some twenty year olds, can out-perform some twenty year olds and that was long before the era of Viagra – although in Africa there are supposed to be even better herbs (and ecological too). In my day if you wanted the White Man to be your best friend you showed him one of these “secret herbs” such as gagai - and told him not to tell anybody, that you are only letting him into the secret because he is special. You tell him that with gagai you’re going to make her sweat so that she will be needing to have a glass of water by the bedside table. And of course later on if he becomes your neighbour, you’ll probably be the last man he wants to see talking to or merely joking with his girl-friend or his wife.
But back to the main concern: In today’s DN there is a ten page-page feature article about the coward , coward as per definition.
The charges against the unrepentant Vilks fit him like an OJ Simpson glove – in the case of OJ it was a matter of “If it doesn’t fit you must acquit”
And as to Mr. Vilks’ present fear these lines may also apply to him
“For them that think death’s honesty
Won’t fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes must get lonely” (It’s alright Ma)
Well here’s the article, ten long pages about his suffering:
I pity him.
Serves him right. Let him stew in his own juice. That will teach him a lesson.
But the end is not yet. What he has done must be constantly afflicting his mind. I for one fully endorse what Brother Obama said at the UN back in September 2012:
The future of course extends beyond our allotted life-span of three score years and ten and living on “extra time”. As for those who aim at eternal salvation, from the Islamic point of view (and Vilks of course is free to believe or disbelieve this (artistic, philosophical and intellectual freedom),that according to al Islam the torments of the grave await him