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February 09, 2007

Muad'Dib: So much to answer for

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Some Englishmen, of whom Kitchener was chief, believed that a rebellion of Arabs against Turks would enable England, while fighting Germany, simultaneously to defeat Turkey.
Their knowledge of the nature and power and country of the Arabic-speaking peoples made them think that the issue of such a rebellion would be happy: and indicated its character and method.
So they allowed it to begin...

My second thought on finally getting around to watching Lawrence of Arabia is precisely how little has changed in the last hundred years. The ostensibly romantic barbarians, the unsympathetic aspects of civilized peoples and their conflicts between and amongst themselves: The cast is the same. My first thought was precisely how much Frank Herbert's Dune was pillaged from this film. It is my distinct impression too that I have been reading the book all my life without knowing the "before" to the story which most everyone but myself must take for granted. So that's me up to speed then.

Here's another thought. They want a Caliphate so badly. Well, we took it from them. Let them have it back. To the Turk, say: All these lands are yours, save Israel. Then let Turkish nationalism do the job nobody else seems prepared to do.

That said, Obi Wan Kenobi as "Prince" Faisal is a bit much to stomach. We are keeping him for ourselves. So, take the whole lot except Israel, the Jedi and the oil. Almost forgot that last bit. The oil must flow.

Natural sweetness Update: And on a related note suffrage has been a real mess too. Women: Know your limits!

Only the marginally greater stupidity of our enemies can save us now Update: This one is only tangentially related but I do not like to formally update on the weekend. First, I cannot believe nobody rose to the bait with that last link. Second, please do yourself a favour and swing by Hugh Hewitt's radio archive for this week. Hour 2 of Thursday, February 8 features an interview with the President of the Society for Ethnomusicologists. Priceless. Beyond words. One of the best take-downs of an Ivy League jerk I have ever heard and a magnificent reminder of why I have left academia. It has taken a couple years but I little by little I can feel my soul being restored.

Listen to the full piece... you do not want to miss John Podhoretz and James Lileks' commentary.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 9, 2007 07:17 AM

Comments

All these lands are yours, save Israel.

Attempt no landings there. Use them together. Use them in peace.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 11:06 AM

Precisely.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 11:39 AM

My first thought was precisely how much Frank Herbert's Dune was pillaged from this film.

Add in Cordwainer Smith's Instrumentality of Man stories and you will have accounted for 80% or so of the book!

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 03:49 PM

I picked up a copy of the complete collection on my way home at your suggestion and am looking forward to it enormously.

Now everybody: Check out the new link! Hugh Hewitt has surpassed himself.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 06:53 PM

Have you read anything from Smith before? In case you haven't, I will leave you to have fun picking up the Dune-inspiring elements in the stories on your own.

His style may take some getting used to -- it's almost whimsical at times, and supposedly inspired by traditional Chinese storytelling. And quite different from Herbert's.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2007 08:26 PM

Hey, he's from Chicago. Not the Ivy League.

Sincerely,
An Ivy League Jerk

(who may soon be bounced from the fraternity, depending on the whims of admissions committees in history departments)

Posted by: Ben (The Tiger in Exile) [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 14, 2007 11:33 PM

Incidentally, Hewitt is an Ivy Leaguer, too... (Harvard College, '78)

Posted by: Ben (The Tiger in Exile) [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 14, 2007 11:35 PM

Right on both counts. I was being sloppy - damned sloppy - and Bohlman's doctorate is from the University of Illinois. But he still comes across as a dessicated husk of a human being even though Chicago is the best school in the world.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 09:06 AM

Chicago is indeed the best school in the world. Just with a slightly flaky ethnomusicologist, it seems...

Posted by: Ben (The Tiger in Exile) [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 11:10 AM

I expect 100% of the anthropology department agrees his views on the war, i.e. there is no war but the one we choose to make.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 11:25 AM

And I should add Bohlman appears to have had an impression career. Though listening to him I cannot imagine how anyone credits him as an expert in "pop music".

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 11:26 AM