Drain the swamp
Posted by aogSaturday, 17 January 2004 at 23:00 TrackBack Ping URL

JYB has an analogy between the protagonists in horror movies and those who want to just attack Al Qaeda without addressing the social context which enables them. JYB asks, “why not drain the swamp if it’s already produced a deadly creature?”.

I’d like to say something politically insightful, but this just makes me think of how I tortured my high school english teacher. She was young one, out on her first assignment, and she had me in the class. Oh, the humanity! In any case, we were studying MacBeth and we got to the part where the witches say

Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him.

Naturally I asked, “well, why didn’t MacBeth just burn the woods? That would have been rather effective”. This, apparently, was not a question for which her training had prepared her, although she gamely tried to continue, pointing out that I wasn’t trying to appreciate the literature on its own terms.

Later, she did get her revenge when she made me read The Brothers Karamazov after I snidely remarked that I had already read 1984 and Brave New World.

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pj Monday, 19 January 2004 at 17:35

At least it wasn’t Remembrance of Things Past.

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