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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:57 PM
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Security Worsens in Basra as Council Rejects PM's Decision
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1//Azzaman in English, Iraq August 10, 2006

http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news \2006-08-10\kurd3.htm



SECURITY WORSENS IN BASRA AS COUNCIL REJECTS PMS DECISION

By Nidhal Al-Laithi



The provincial council in the southern city of Basra has turned down an order by Prime Minister Noouri al-Maliki to dissolve and pass its responsibilities to an emergency committee.



Following a meeting, the council issued a defiant statement saying it would not abide by Malikis order.



The council is backed by powerful militias who wield immense power in the province.



The provinces security forces and the 10th army division deployed in Basra have declared allegiance to Maliki.



However, it is not clear whether the citys police forces and army would move against the council if asked by Maliki, who is also the commander-in-chief.



If they do they will risk clashing with the heavily armed militias and causing bloodshed in the city, home to more than 2 million people.

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McKinneyIsAHero Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:00 PM
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1. Sisyphis
Or however you spell it -- Camus' story?
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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:07 PM
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2. You've got it! I know him from the Greek mythology....
"The very wise" - the representative of the restless desire of knowledge which aspires to attain a height it is denied a man to reach; and, exhausted in the effort, suddenly falls back into the depths of earthly weakness.

Meaning, I guess, that I'm banging my head against the wall when it comes to beating back the neocon bastards!! MMM, maybe I need a new avatar, one that is less depressing....
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:25 PM
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4. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
http://www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer/hell/camus.html

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.

If one believes Homer, Sisyphus was the wisest and most prudent of mortals. According to another tradition, however, he was disposed to practice the profession of highwayman. I see no contradiction in this. Opinions differ as to the reasons why he became the futile laborer of the underworld. To begin with, he is accused of a certain levity in regard to the gods. He stole their secrets. Aegina, the daughter of Aesopus, was carried off by Jupiter. The father was shocked by that disappearance and complained to Sisyphus. He, who knew of the abduction, offered to tell about it on condition that Aesopus would give water to the citadel of Corinth. To the celestial thunderbolts he preferred the benediction of water. He was punished for this in the underworld. Homer tells us also that Sisyphus had put Death in chains. Pluto could not endure the sight of his deserted, silent empire. He dispatched the god of war, who liberated Death from the hands of the conqueror.

It is said also that Sisyphus, being near to death, rashly wanted to test his wife's love. He ordered her to cast his unburied body into the middle of the public square. Sisyphus woke up in the underworld. And there, annoyed by an obedience so contrary to human love, he obtained from Pluto permission to return to earth in order to chastise his wife. But when he had seen again the face of this world, enjoyed water and sun, warm stones and the sea, he no longer wanted to go back to the infernal darkness. Recalls, signs of anger, warnings were of no avail. Many years more he lived facing the curve of the gulf, the sparkling sea, and the smiles of the earth. A decree of the gods was necessary. Mercury came and seized the impudent man by the collar and, snatching him from his joys, led him forcibly back to the underworld, where his rock was ready for him.

You have already grasped that Sisyphus is the aburd hero. He is,as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of the gods, his hatred of death, and his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted toward accomplishing nothing. This is the price that must be paid for the passions of this earth. Nothing is told us about Sisyphus in the underworld. Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them. As for this myth, one sees merely the whole effort of a body straining to raise the huge stone, to roll it and push it up a slope a hundred times over; one sees the face screwed up, the cheek tight against the stone, the shoulder bracing the clay-covered mass, the foot wedging it, the fresh start with arms outstretched, the wholly human security of two earth-clotted hands. At the very end of his long effort measured by skyless space and time without depth, the purpose is achieved. Then Sisyphus watches the stone rush down in a few moments toward that lower world whence he will have to push it up again toward the summit. He goes back down to the plain. It is during that return, that pause, that Sisyphus interests me. A face that toils so close to stones is already stone itself! I see that man going back down with a heavy yet measured step toward the torment of which he will never know the end. That hour like a breathing-space which returns as surely as his suffering, that is the hour of consciousness. At each of those moments when he leaves the heights and gradually sinks toward the lairs of the gods, he is superior to his fate. He is stronger than his rock.

If this myth is tragic, that is because its hero is conscious. Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him? The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd. But it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious. Sisyphus, proletarian of the gods, powerless and rebellious, knows the whole extent of his wretched condition: it is what he thinks of during his descent. The lucidity that was to constitute his torture at the same time crowns his victory. There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

/continues...
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:07 PM
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3. ay yi yi
:(

thank you Gloria.
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