4 WORDS

there are expressions in the English language that are brief yet loaded with hidden depths, often chosen as titles for books.

You don’t even have to go there to get goosebumps. I saw a film years ago and can’t remember any part of it other than the title—

TOO LATE THE HERO

 

—which resonates. Me? I’m a watcher—a vulture perched high in the Tree Of Life; too old to care but hanging in to see if any of it will ever make sense* .

There are others that resonate too—

*  Above Us The Waves

*  Ill Met By Moonlight

*  The Colour Of War

—endless. But this below is the most misguided bit of utter dog’s droppings that anyone can blindly spout—

WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM

—to which I can only shake my head in sorrow (I’ve gone beyond anger). It is pure social formula, conditioned by design to become habit. No? Okay—

CLUE 1:

“If this is ten o’clock, it’s time for coffee.”

CLUE 2:

If this is 25th April, it’s ANZAC Day. If this is 7th December, it’s Pearl Harbor Day. If this is the 11th day of the 11th month, it’s Armistice Day (WW1) …

PAVLOV’S DOGS? US?

Why not … we drool on cue, we make obeisance to parroted phrases on cue (brilliant at that).

To not digress, how about:  Truth, Justice, Freedom, and the American Way?

Oh … oops, sorry, did I miss one? Of course:  Liberty~!

So why not remember Liberty?

After all, as much as they brush it under the carpet and try to hush it up—

—today is still Liberty Day!

Yay! Fireworks all round, no?

No … here, have another wee reminder of Liberty—

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—and ask yourself that most revealing and most evaded ‘why’—

  • why have so few heard of the ‘Liberty’ event, and
  • why was it covered up, and

and of course: so what?  It’s all ancient history now, dead, and the world is for the living … no?

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pic:  survivors coming ashore

 

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pic:  about to bring the not-survivors ashore …

AND TO CLOSE:

I’m running a ‘best caption competition‘ for the below contemporary shot (my own entry is in italics under it) —

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“Don’t worry, lil’ Buddy, we’re here** …”

My comment?

Is pictorial—

—for anyone not actually aboard Liberty but proximate at the time. If this is you, please share it; one each (no hogging, mind) —

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As for my opening para about ‘four-word expressions’, I adore Americanisms and I still love that ever so reassuring, confidence inspiring—

 

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“WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK~!”

 

 

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DEDICATED WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT

TO THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF

THE US ADMINISTRATION

AT THAT TIME

 

 

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Remember? That’s a cathartic emotion-fest … but actually think for ourselves enough to actually DO something?

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* I suspect not. (If reincarnation is real I’m putting in a bid for albatross rather than Ancient Mariner.)

** And we have been all along—but the boss wouldn’t let us join in. Sorry ’bout that.

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7 thoughts on “4 WORDS

    1. Possibly we won’t, Scottie. Not until the last of the shadows that ordered the recall of the relief aircraft dies peacefully in a snug bed far far far from any hostility.

      I know I can say this, safely very far removed—but if it were me in one of those ‘relieving’ jets racing to the rescue I would have had all sorts of temporary glitches in my radio. Easy to say, but I would not (r) not have left those poor buggers to it. Even if it cost me my commission, my job, and for all I know a few years in the stockade—but that is, of course, easy for me to say …

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      1. The CT in me might think it was the CIA or some other spook … the religioso in me might blame an act of God. (The first you made there, all I got was a solitary full stop.)

        The supporters seem to be dying off now, entering history.
        For the present I’d be tempted to drag out that cliché about repeating history, and warning the newbies against expecting back-up if there’s even an unlikely possibility of offending the Hydra … all good clean fun for those of us on the sidelines.

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