Monday, April 17, 2006

The Hon. C. Rice

Your author has been beating-up on Rummy. Let's give equal time to The Hon. Condoleezza Rice.

"An accomplished pianist," according to The New York Times (9 April 2006), The Hon. Rice is also a sometime diplomatrix, servant as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. In the former position The Hon. Rice made an interesting threat.

In the run-up to the Conquest of Iraq, The Hon. Rice warned: if Iraq used WMD against the US military, Iraq would be obliterated. NOTE: not the Ba'athist regime, but Iraq, the nation, which numbers some 24 million- plus human beings.

Such an obliteration could only be accomplished with the WMD of the USA, and, in practical terms, only with nuclear weapons.

Perhaps hyperbole from The Hon. Rice, but, coming from the nation which "obliterated" Hiroshima and Nagasaki, one and all must take the threat as earnest of the deed.

Can you say, "genocide?"

The Hon. Rice enjoys, according to The New York Times, as frequently as every other week, playing oh-so-genteel classical chamber music with a quartet of friends/string players.

Your author is put in mind of a comparable historical figure.

The Hon. Reinhardt Heydrich, Obergruppenfuehrer SS and General der Polizie, No. 2 behind Himmler in the SS, was also an accomplished amateur musician (violin) who enjoyed quartets. Heydrich chaired the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which the mechanics of the Final Solution to the Jewish Problem were settled. (Cf. Kenneth Branaugh as Heydrich in HBO film, Conspiracy; highly recommended and deadly accurate.)

Likewise, Heydrich enjoyed such en famille musical get-togethers.

Some would excuse: Heydrich did it, Rice only proposed it.

That which you prepare yourself in your heart to do, you will do if it profits you.

Here endeth the lesson.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Hari said...

Tell it, brother!

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Grand Dutchess said...

Good analogy, but don't go dissing based on the musician tie in. Everyone needs a hobby.

11:48 AM  
Blogger HH said...

Grand D:

Didn't mean a dis on musicians.

Should have said both Condi R and Reinhardt H were fascists, mentioned the music thing in passing.

Mea culpa.

For those of you who don't know the Grand D, she has the most wonderful laughter of anyone your author knows.

12:31 PM  
Blogger RtR said...

Hari, I have to ask. Seldon?

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Hari said...

Seldon, if ever.

Re fascism and music: Chet Baker said on meeting Italian pianist Romano Mussolini: "Gee, it’s a drag about your old man."

5:49 PM  
Blogger HH said...

HH said: All honor to Chet Baker!

"beaten, desolate, reaching from the dead to be taken up
they cry out,
failing, failing! their cries rising
In waves as the skillful yachts
pass over

William Carlos Williams
"The Yachts"

7:54 PM  

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