Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My Heroes



Music from "The Road Home" by the choir of Brigham Young University.

9 comments:

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I have the BYU choir album. It's excellent!

Mrs. Green said...

JG,

Thought of you when I read this a few days ago:


Thermopylae

Honor to those who in their lives
have defined and guard their Thermopylae.
Never stirring from duty;
just and upright in all their deeds,
yet with pity and compassion too;
generous when they are rich, and when
they are poor, again a little generous,
again helping as much as they can;
always speaking the truth,
yet without hatred for those who lie.

And more honor is due to them
when they foresee (and many do foresee)
that Ephialtes will finally appear,
and that the Medes in the end will go through.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1903)

SusieQ said...

This is touching. It makes me proud.

J_G said...

Mrs. Green it is a shame that I lost many of my posts from the last 2 years from my disaster changing over to blogger beta. I had done a post using Thermopylae as a main theme of the post.Leonidas at Thermopylae

I see the current situation in the middle east from the same perspective as Chormaqan Noyan in relation to how things should have been handled if anything is to be learned from history.

Most of this reading from my links will put people to sleep because some background reading has to be done but suffice it to say Mongols had the right idea in conquering and establishing order but they didn't go far enough and had no interest in the benevolence required to be able to establish democracy in the territories under their rule. That just wasn't in the cards in that time in history.

Baghdad, 13 February 1358

Georgian Christians, Baiju's petty warlords,
The touman ride on Baghdad.
Caliph Mustasim's minister Ibn al-Alkami assures
`The danger is not great'.
The Sunni world would have mustered from as far as Morocco
To defend Baghdad, jewel of Islam.
al-Alkami, an isolate Shia, ignores them.
The sack of Baghdad begins.
Magnificent mosques,
Vast libraries of Persian and Arabic literature,
The greatest university in the world,
Palaces, palaces, palaces.
Burnt and the men killed.
Women and children herded to Karakorum as slaves,
With all the treasure of the Abbasids.
The Caliph and his family invited to a banquet by Hulagu.
Afterwards sewn in the customary Mongol carpet,
Trampled to death by the hooves of Mongol horses.
Treacherous al-Alkami keeps his position.
The dynasty of the Abbasids ends after 500 years.

J_G said...

Yes Susie, I am very proud of our men and women, very proud and I am there 100% for them.

I'm sure I don't feel the same way for those in congress that display simmilar behavior as Ephialtes from Malis at the battle of Thermopylae

mariestwocents said...

Ok I cried!

That's beautiful Jenn.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Thank u so much Jennifer!..outstanding indeed!..Great reads here..Have a beautiful weekend!..:)

J_G said...

I actually got this from Mike over at Mike's America. Thanks Mike, I wanted to display this video so much that I actually signed up at You Tube which I really wasn't interested in before I saw this video.

There is also another video that Mike has posted about a man from Texas that goes to the airport to welcome troops back from the war. I cried watching that one. My faith in American loyalty was restored when I watched it. Welcome Home Heroes

Mike's America said...

Jennifer:

I just noticed the message I left you at Mike's America did not print the HTML code for the background sound we were discussing.

Let me try it here and see if it will show.

You insert the line somewhere between the "body" tags in your template. All HTML tags, or codes are wrapped with "<" and ">" marks.

bgsound src=""

Insert file name and location between "" marks.

Right click and copy shortcut and insert between the "" marks of any audio file and put the full string somewhere between the "body" tags and it should work for most of your readers (depending on browswer and equipment).