American Samizdat

Monday, August 30, 2010. *
Funny, I just read where the military or some such organization (as apposed to flesh & blood individuals) were cashing in on the death of our boys. Much like in that of the ballyhooed "Dead Peasants Life Insurance Policies". I'll have to hunt it down and post it, and don't get me started on the whole semantic perversion of use of the word, "fallen" in this context...
posted by Uncle $cam at 3:58 AM
Blogger Copeland said...
Wilfred Owen's words (January, 19, 1917--from Edmund Blunden's 1931 Memoir)


It was only tear-gas from a shell, and I got safely back (to the party) in my helmet, with nothing worse than a severe fright! And a few tears, some natural, some unnatural" [...] "Coal, water, candles, accommodation, everything is scarce. We have not always air! When I took my helmet off last night--O Air, it was a heavenly thing!...They want to call No Man's Land 'England' because we keep supremacy there. It is like the eternal place of gnashing of teeth; the Slough of Despond could not be contained in one of its crater-holes; the fires of Sodom and Gommorah could not light a candle to it--to find the way to Babylon the Fallen." [...] "No Man's Land under snow is like the face of the moon, chaotic, crater-ridden, uninhabitable, awful, the abode of madness. To call it 'England'! I would as soon call my House (!) Krupp Villa, or my child Chlorina-Phosgena..."

C.S. Lewis notes the rapid maturing seen in Owen's letter writing, from a year earlier when traveling through Etaples transit camp, compared to letters written later:

"On all the officers' faces there is a harassed look that I have never seen before, and which in England never will be seen--out of jails. The men are just as Bairnsfather has them--expressionless lumps." (January 14, 1917)
12:14 PM  
Blogger Copeland said...
I meant C. Day Lewis (who wrote the introduction to the Collected Poems), not C.S. Lewis. I'm tired today, sorry.
12:25 PM  
Blogger Copeland said...
I read somewhere that the creation of the FED, during the Wilson presidency, was a vehicle intended to gin up war profiteering and was designed to finance US entry into World War One.

Wilson was campaigning for re-election on the slogan, "He kept us out of war." And to the present day, the banksters and insurance firms, and the financial-black market-military conglomerate have upped the ante, and can wage a war on their own terms against sovereign states and the mass of the people.
12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Aww, thanks for stopping by Copeland, damn sorry I missed ya, we rarely get comments here, so I don't bother to check to see if there are any. Interesting thoughts, thanks...
7:30 AM  
Anonymous Uncle $cam said...
Grrr, that was moi above..
7:31 AM  
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