Ronald Reagan: Hero or Villain?

Written by Arthur Zulu

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But it seems that all of us drankrepparttar waters of River Lethe and suddenly forgotrepparttar 125982 past. Hear this earlier statement of George Bush: "The new world could, in time be as menacing asrepparttar 125983 old." Where then isrepparttar 125984 peace that Reagan brought torepparttar 125985 world? Contradiction most foul! I did not however forget everything when I drank that water of oblivion. Because I know that there is no peace inrepparttar 125986 world but pieces of peace. (No pun intended.)

I could dare any living manrepparttar 125987 poison of my pen. But notrepparttar 125988 dead. Because I do not want a poor poet who does not know his lines to indite an inglorious epitaph on my tombstone when I too pass torepparttar 125989 great beyond. (I want to write a book titled "The Praise Singers.") What amazes me however isrepparttar 125990 transience of power andrepparttar 125991 vanity of life. Today a great ruler is orderingrepparttar 125992 sacking of a sovereign nation, andrepparttar 125993 next day he is gone. Like a mist. Or sparrow.

Here I am reminded ofrepparttar 125994 great king, Oxymandias, who ruled a mighty empire. The mention of his name made his subjects and people of surrounding lands shiver. In order to affirm his supremacy on minions, King Oxymandias had his great statute erected on a busy trade route for all passersby and posted these words below: "This is Oxymandias. Lord of lords and king of kings." So, lily-livered men would pass and gaze in awe atrepparttar 125995 gigantic image of Oxymandias from a safe distance. But after many years,repparttar 125996 mighty king answeredrepparttar 125997 call to glory and his great image collapsed fromrepparttar 125998 effect ofrepparttar 125999 elements leaving only a pair of impotent legs. When lesser mortals who had dreaded this image passed alongrepparttar 126000 road, they now ventured close and mocked atrepparttar 126001 pair of legs aboverepparttar 126002 inscription that reads: "This is Oxymandias. Lord of lords and king of kings." But accursed is he that mocksrepparttar 126003 dead. Because death is tolling his unwelcome bell at his door. The American humorist Mark Twain said it all: "In this world nothing is certain than death and taxes." The good thing about death is thatrepparttar 126004 dead pays no tax. (Sorry, some Church priests taxrepparttar 126005 dead.)

Sorepparttar 126006 best thing about dying is thatrepparttar 126007 dead is free from terrorist attacks. If therefore Ronald Reagan waged war against violence (or was violent) because he fearedrepparttar 126008 evil when he was alive, he does not need to worry about terror anymore. As to whether he was a hero or villain, leave History—or Posterity—to judge. The words of American statesman, Patrick Henry, however make me uncomfortable. He said: "I know not of a better way to judgerepparttar 126009 future than byrepparttar 126010 present." So isrepparttar 126011 world peaceful today? Or is it still at war?

I am not a composer of verses. But I venture these lines forrepparttar 126012 former president:

Sleep wellrepparttar 126013 great communicator Sleep well lord of lords and king of kings My dear cowboy, sleep well Our beloved Ronnie Reagan, sleep well

ARTHUR ZULU, an editor and book reviewer, isrepparttar 126014 author ofrepparttar 126015 controversial book, CHASING SHADOWS! (A book that revealsrepparttar 126016 terrorists' master plan to finally setrepparttar 126017 world on fire!) Goto: mailto:

Arthur Zulu is the author of CHASING SHADOWS!

"Fahrenheit 911" Wins Round One

Written by Arthur Zulu

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Let us exit Jerusalem and come back to Cannes in Southern France. Our movie winner is all smiles before a battery of cameras inrepparttar midst ofrepparttar 125981 ovation atrepparttar 125982 end of his speech. And they slap his back. And they give him a fat check. He has won Round One. But hererepparttar 125983 story ends. Because there are suddenly no distributors for his movie in America until now. The reason is inrepparttar 125984 theme ofrepparttar 125985 movie: an attack of George Bush's American foreign policy before and after 9/11. Why wouldrepparttar 125986 movie get distributors? Who doesn't want to win an election? Thank God,repparttar 125987 pope isn't in charge in America. Otherwiserepparttar 125988 movie icon would have gonerepparttar 125989 way of William Tyndale.

But before "Fahrenheit 911," I had written CHASING SHADOWS1 to warn that all those fightingrepparttar 125990 war on terror are living inrepparttar 125991 land of Prester John. That wonderland does not exist. It lives only inrepparttar 125992 mind ofrepparttar 125993 dreamers. Not real dreamers likerepparttar 125994 Biblical Joseph. But dreamers like Don Quixote. Orrepparttar 125995 natives of Sir Thomas More's "Utopia." Who was that author who wroterepparttar 125996 book, "Erewhon"? Never mindrepparttar 125997 name though. Just try re-arrangingrepparttar 125998 anagram beginning withrepparttar 125999 last letter. What do you get? ‘No Where.'

Inrepparttar 126000 end,repparttar 126001 real winners in this war against terror will not be a president or a war general. Neither will it berepparttar 126002 movie star in Cannes Southern France, nor a Pulitzer winner in America orrepparttar 126003 winner ofrepparttar 126004 Booker in London giving acceptance speeches amidst a thundering applause.

Butrepparttar 126005 actual winners of Round Two will be those faceless ‘terrorists' in caves trying to draw attention torepparttar 126006 injustice and oppression in this world. The sad part is that when terrorists win, there are no ovations. No acceptance speeches. No back slaps. No prize monies. No Fahrenheit thermometers. But only funeral parlors. The pallbearers. Wailing women. And good-byes.

ARTHUR ZULU is an editor, book reviewer, andrepparttar 126007 author ofrepparttar 126008 controversial book, CHASING SHADOWS! (A book that revealsrepparttar 126009 terrorists' master plan to finally setrepparttar 126010 world on fire.) For a copy ofrepparttar 126011 book and free excerpt, goto: For contacts, mailto:

Arthur Zulu is the author of CHASING SHADOWS!

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