Monday, April 26, 2010

In Memory: Guernica

Today is Monday, 26 April 2010.

On this date in 1937, ironically also a Monday, Nazi bombers of the Condor Legion ravaged the small Spanish village of Guernica, in the first truly-successful air raid.

(And don’t our societies honour “firsts”!)

Ironically also, this afternoon, just as I chose to write something about Guernica, planes of the Oklahoma Air National Guard flew at low altitude over our house, as they often do, since we’re in a convenient traffic pattern for the often-prevailing winds, as related to our local international airport.

What can I say? Repeat myself, and repeat many others who denounced war crimes, and how much was listened?

This following is brought to my attention in an article by Rachel Galvin:

"The politician wants people to know how to die courageously; the poet wants people to live courageously."

—Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo, Nobel lecture, 1959


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