Fire burning in Middle East |

Fire burning in Middle East

Matt Krane, Breckenridge

While our attention is transfixed on every significant wind change during a devastating fire season, the other fire continues to burn in the Middle East with the latest Palestinian terrorist bombing (19 killed) and subsequent Israeli re-occupation of the West Bank.

Back in l975 during their “retirement” year, The Grateful Dead suffered a great personal loss when one of their ardent fans, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, was assassinated. The senseless murder of this very democratic and progressively inclined ruler seemed to shake an entire region to its roots.

The band’s following album “Blues for Allah” contained a requiem for the fallen king, complete with hauntingly accurate lyrics that sum up this fire, this age-old eye-for-an-eye blind rage that continues. Look closely at some of them here; there is a hint or two of hope:

“Arabian wind, the needle’s eye is thin,

The ships of state sail on mirage but drown in sand-

In no man’s land, where Allah does command.

What good is spilling blood? It will not grow a thing.

“TASTE ETERNITY” the sword sings. Blues for Allah.

They lie where they fall, there’s nothing more to say.

The desert stars are bright tonight, let’s meet as friends.

The flower of Islam, the fruit of Abraham.

The thousand stories have come “round to one again.

Arabian night, our gods pursue their fight,

What fatal flowers of darkness spring from seeds of light.

Let’s see with our heart, these things our eyes have seen, and know the truth will still lie somewhere in between…”

– words by Robert Hunter

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