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All in past tense

Talk about living in the past. Here’s the preamble to Iraq’s draft constitution:

“We the sons of Mesopotamia, land of the prophets, resting place of the holy imans, the leaders of civilization and the creators of the alphabet, the cradle of arithmetic; on our land the first law put in place by mankind was written; in our nation, the most noble era of justice in the politics of nations was laid down; on our soil the followers of the prophet and the saints prayed, the philosophers and the scientists theorized and the writers and poets created.”

My, have the mighty fallen. All that’s left is a peculiar penchant for rhetoric that no longer has a root in reality. How many people there, in that thoroughly lawless land, can spell, add or subtract or stray from a religious path perverted in the centuries since the Mideast’s glory years?



Justice under Saddam or Osama to the east? The poetry today is pure tragedy, in a region destroyed centuries ago in a fundamentalist embrace and willfully failing to follow, never mind develop, any of the rich gifts it brought to the world.

At least someone can still string together some pretty words. Notice, though, it’s all in the past tense.


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