Post by Howard Brazee
I've had a question for years.
In Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence talks to his superior about his
feelings when he shot that Arab he saved earlier.
His superior starts to assume something, Lawrence says something like
"not that", then there is a second guess, with the same response.
What were those first two guesses? I have no idea.
If he found in himself predisposed to an affinity for harsh justice,
an unusual point is also taking on added duty, an obscure imperative
the Turkish camp held in store. Was there compelling tactical
significance to his doing so... crossing over into indignity he
presumes to suffer there, at the hands of Turks, for anything but more
than avid willingness to somehow prophetize his worthiness -- Allah
permitted he survive, to further decimate and wreck vengeful
retribution, twice, on already defeated Turks. Spilling every last
drop into sacrificial sands traditions follows by links to epic
battles and glorious congenial prose depicting a likes of collective
ears piled on high, in mounds the vanquished incur, for all to see.
Thereupon, for conquering saviors to unleash a pet lion, or two,
freely to feast and relish over, in courses due and just, as are all
goodly dieties favored so naturally to bestow the chosen quite willful