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But it seems that all of us drank waters of River Lethe and suddenly forgot past. Hear this earlier statement of George Bush: "The new world could, in time be as menacing as old." Where then is peace that Reagan brought to 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 in world but pieces of peace. (No pun intended.)
I could dare any living man poison of my pen. But not 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 to great beyond. (I want to write a book titled "The Praise Singers.") What amazes me however is transience of power and vanity of life. Today a great ruler is ordering sacking of a sovereign nation, and next day he is gone. Like a mist. Or sparrow.
Here I am reminded of 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 at gigantic image of Oxymandias from a safe distance. But after many years, mighty king answered call to glory and his great image collapsed from effect of elements leaving only a pair of impotent legs. When lesser mortals who had dreaded this image passed along road, they now ventured close and mocked at pair of legs above inscription that reads: "This is Oxymandias. Lord of lords and king of kings." But accursed is he that mocks 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 that dead pays no tax. (Sorry, some Church priests tax dead.)
So best thing about dying is that dead is free from terrorist attacks. If therefore Ronald Reagan waged war against violence (or was violent) because he feared 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 judge future than by present." So is world peaceful today? Or is it still at war?
I am not a composer of verses. But I venture these lines for former president:
Sleep well 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, is author of controversial book, CHASING SHADOWS! (A book that reveals terrorists' master plan to finally set world on fire!) Goto: http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/21013 mailto: email@example.com
Arthur Zulu is the author of CHASING SHADOWS!