Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Auden, September 1st 1939. A very strange choice.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

I had a different post up but I didn't read carefully. As a reference it's a comparison of Israel not to the Nazis but to Hitler himself -he lived most of his childhood in Linz- and the attack on Gaza to the invasion of Poland. But it's more than a reference. Does the mixture of sadness and fatalism take the view of the aggressor?

The world is just a barrel-organ which the Lord God turns Himself.
We all have to dance to the tune which is already on the drum.

I first read M.J. Rosenberg at TPM. Both of them posted and deleted posts, for the same reasons.

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