By William Markiewicz

Artists and poets in their quests usually achieve smoother and quicker results than ideologues because they don't have to experiment with human blood for their right or wrong conclusions. Also, artists and poets have the freedom to use inspirational 'shortcuts.' Here I'll take a 'shortcut' by mixing topics which, as in bouillabaisse, finally end up fitting together. I will try to trace events, which, though different, have cause and effect in common.

In my article "Who is Attacked?" (November 99), about the wandering of Jews and Gypsies through Europe, I pointed out that the Jews were invited by Kings and Princes. As for Gypsies, they were not invited, only tolerated. Others didn't wait for invitations or tolerance, but came as invaders. They were finally better absorbed than the Jews and Gypsies because force is respected. I mentioned also that those Kings and Princes considered their domains more as real estate than Motherland. They followed their political and economic interests and the ordinary people were never consulted. So, the logical first reaction of the locals was to resist the King's will: "Why do we need them?"

The locals' resistance to newcomers was a reflex since they could have been considered peaceful invaders. Another very important reason for difficult integration, though never mentioned enough, was that the Kings and Princes couldn't provide protection for everybody everywhere. In Poland, for instance, the King's preoccupation was with keeping the armed forces prepared to face foreign enemies. A country without natural frontiers, Poland was exposed to invasions from Turks, Tartars, Russians, Germans, Swedes ... Therefore in internal matters the King's forces intervened as little as possible; a sort of mutual equilibrium of power among the nobles kept the country more or less at peace. It was a warrior culture. The neighbours' respect for each other was based on a mutual display of power. The King even encouraged this custom. For instance, when the peasants complained about the nobles' abuse to the King (I believe it was King Wladislaw in the 17th century, sorry for not keeping track of my historical dates), the King answered the emissaries: "Don't you have knives? Don't you have sickles? Don't you have scythes?" And here comes the explanation of the drama of the Jews and Gypsies. The Jews and Gypsies were the only ones that didn't adapt to the warrior culture. They became natural scapegoats. The locals, from noble to peasant, had to respect their neighbour's courage and power in order to accept him. They didn't see any display of this in Jews and Gypsies so foggy legends formed around them -- 'They seek protection from the Devil... ' etc. Europe was underpopulated enough to provide niches far away from dangerous neighbours. The Moors, when defeated by Charlemagne, escaped to Valais and created a homeland there; the Druze became autonomous, powerful and prosperous in the mountains of Lebanon, The Celts did the same in the hills of Scotland and Ireland. The Vikings went to southern Poland's mountains where they remained a proud autonomous, though Polonized, population.

Let's switch to our modern times. Germany was humiliated with the Treaty of Versailles after WWI and this facilitated Hitler's rise. After WWII the victors, maybe remembering the Versailles Treaty mistakes, didn't smash the defeated but on the contrary did everything to rebuild them. We saw that the vision of the blessed politicians of that time was the right one; it gave us peace and prosperity for the next 50 years. But, then again, the evil penetrated the collective minds of the NWO. Bombs and treacherous PR agencies smashed and humiliated Serbia. No more vision of reconstruction and forgiveness in politics. Iraq, after its adventure in Iran and especially in Kuwait, started, like Germany after WWI, to be submitted to never ending punishments. The poor archaic Pashtuns, who don't know more about world politics than about Uranus, were smashed with ultra modern technology, with an effect similar to the cataclysm from the skies that descended on the dinosaurs.

Now we witness this absurd confrontation by the biggest power that ever existed on earth against two tiny 'adversaries' -- Iraq and North Korea. Iraq cedes step by step as Carthage did, perhaps it has no other choice. North Korea sees the poker game clearly, and accepts the risk of ultimate battle, knowing it cannot win but it can harm. And this ability has kept North Korea safe up to now. Iraq openly begs for negotiation and doesn't get it because 'it doesn't deserve it.' North Korea may get away with showing its teeth and remain ignored.

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