Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Caveat* for Obama

Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were reputed to have employed advisers, whose job was to continuously drum it in their ears: "Remember Pharaoh, you are but human." This constant refrain, was meant to restrain them from playing God in administering the affairs of their people. In years thereafter, and even today, this critical practice, appears to be missing in the lives of leaders, especially those who want to rule the world, or at least impact on it in their peculiar manner. History is replete with them. Adolph Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, Ferdinand Marcos of Philippines, Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc) of Haiti, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Abdul Nasser of Egypt, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Idi Amin Dada of Uganda.

[And, lo! Barack Hussein Obama's name led all the rest**. lw]

from Africa: Ghadafi - African God With His Message
by Sunny Igboanugo Dan Kanu Austin Oboh And Rafiu Ajakaye
11 February 2009
*a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices

**"I don't understand what all this horseshit is about. I just want a copy of Abou Ben Adem. Can you comply?"
- -George B. Foster

"Abou Ben Adem was written by Leigh Hunt, not Rudyad Kipling!"

The foregoing note by lw at the end of the Pharao story is a bowlderized line from the poem Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt

The poem starts off with

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace

The Arab-Islamic implications apply. Whether our "Abou Ben Adem" (BHO) awoke from a "deep dream of peace" is questionable. His dreams are suspected to be more of a pharaonic nature, hence the caveat.

That the poem by Leigh Hunt could not be (or is falsely) referring to an Arab Mohammedan can be ascertained from the lines

Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men."

Those of the Mohammedan persuasion are taught to despise the non-Moslems who are "كفّار kuffār" that is "unbelievers."

Nor is there much of "love they fellow-man" taught in Islamic scriptures. Hate for the kuffar is the major theme of Islam

Re: Abou Ben Adhem - who is he?
Posted by: Pat
My understanding is that in D'Herbelot's "Bibliotheque Orientale"
Abou Ben Adhem is Islamic.

that brings us full circle

"Pharaoh's Dream" by Joe Moorman at Riverson Fine Art

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