With the integration of sectors of the University of London in the Gaddafi regime and St. Andrews University with the Syrian government, it is not surprising that academics have become surprisingly mute on Middle Eastern matters. I got to thinking thus about a soldier and his dog murdered by the Taliban recently:
He lived for others while his brief days lasted.
Nature had been traduced, that stream, that culvert,
some verge became a random death-sentence
beyond the vibrant senses of his innocent animal
the soldier`s dog, heart-broken at the last.
Now the handler is transformed to marble
a cold, eternal monument for a necessary hero
fallen, so the lives of diurnal folk
may remain unblasted by the iconoclasts -
Bamayan barbarians, bombers fantasizing
their Alsirat to paradise
in their beloved strait-laced jackets.