Saturday, May 07, 2005

I’m listening to the news and they are talking about another incredibly violent scenario in Bagdad. (You can view the story here: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DA17BAA8-A3D5-4E5D-838D-9A1BD17D52B2.htm.) The reporter made mention that it has been the most violent week yet, resulting in a new death toll.

While they are reporting facts about the incident, what group claimed responsibility, the significance of the target people or areas, etc., they play background recorded at the scene right after it happened. Sometimes these reports have footage of what was going on just before and as the suicide bomber ignited or drove a car into something. That’s freaky. It’s as if the journalist was at the wrong place at the wrong time, recording something else.

It’s pretty horrible, if you really listen to it. Most people are desensitized or reprogrammed not to notice. Or pre-occupied. There are a whole lot of people who are so self-centered and pre-occupied that they have no clue what is going on with the government, the international scene, or locally.

I notice when there is audio footage of some horrible violent act, there is screaming or frantic yelling. Sometimes they play people wailing, and people arguing and verbally escalating. At some point there is an emergency siren, and I noticed this time the emergency siren sound was different than the traditional emergency siren wail. If you know me ask me to hum it sometime, I can’t explain it. It was a high pitched, soured sound that would verbally equate to jumping on a trampoline with high, solid slow bounces that caused you to hover a superpower second in the air, on the brief plane between launching and gravity’s effect.

1 comment:

GrapeNut said...

I think you may appreciate this:

Heaven on Earth
We need it now
I'm sick of all of this
Hanging around
Sick of sorrow
Sick of pain
Sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be
Peace on Earth

Where I grew up
There weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

It's already gone too far
Who said that if you go in hard
You won't get hurt

Jesus could you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
No whos or whys
No-one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the colour in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on Earth

They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann and Breda
Their lives are bigger, than any big idea

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth

Jesus this song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth?
This peace on Earth

Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth

U2: PEACE ON EARTH