Haiku on DeenPort 1/14/07

The heart breaks to hear
any news now from Iraq…
good… bad… such hardship!


We broke in — smashed things…
killed the king — now we want to
make them pay for it…

Another Sunday morning of Meet the Press, Face the Nation, in which so-called policy-makers and pundits in their neat suits and perfect haircuts (so American!) mouth sad responses on either side to Bush’s “new strategy” while somehow the Iraqi people must cope every day with a hell licking their ankles at every turn. I don’t know how anyone can live that way…

The solution: is it now just a throw of the dice? Are the Armageddon wizards hoping for catastrophe, and then to compound it with an even deeper one, bombing at will anyone and anything (Somalia, possibly Iran, God forbid!) like a never-ending computer game?

Will the blood never stop dripping from their hands? Bush, Cheney, Blair, and others more nefarious because more hidden from view? Are we also not complicit somehow in our souls for this Seneca-like bloodbath, these tragic destinies heading for utter darkness?

Only Allah knows the solution, however the world founders, and may the stone ones begin to hear it… and He knows our heartbreak…

And from the Ash-Shifa of Qadi Iyad:
‘Uqba ibn ‘Amir said that the Prophet said, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, “I will go ahead on your behalf and I will be a witness for you. By Allah, I am looking at the Water-Basin even now. I have been given the keys to the treasures of the earth. By Allah, I do not fear that you will associate (anything with Allah in idolworship) after me, but I fear that you will contend with each other for this world.”
(from Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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