No 27 February 2003
Karen-Claire Voss No 27 February
Forgive me again, dear
Reader. This column is
not late because I have been busy, although I am admittedly still
busy. This column is
late because I am heartsick and simply did not know what to say to
you. This column is
late because I kept putting off sitting down to write it. You see, I hesitated before writing about anything that could
be construed as political, but since it seems to me that what is
happening goes far beyond politics, and has everything to do with
the basic question of what it means to be human, I decided to “go
for it,” as they say in America.
We have almost completed our film, The Dream of Istanbul. Once it goes through what is known in the film business as “post production” it will be finished and you will certainly hear more about where you can see it. However, as thrilling as this project was, any pleasure I derived from it has palled in the face of the madness that is currently brewing. I was happy to have created something beautiful, but now it seems irrelevant.
It’s true that I still don’t know what to say to you this month. This accounts for the fact that this is the shortest column I have ever written. What earthly good will it do for me to lament, in words only somewhat different than those that have already been written or uttered by others much greater than I am, the current situation. What good will it do for me to tell you to write to your government representatives, to your newspapers, to try to help convince the Powers-That-Be (who are of more than one nationality) not to go any further with this madness?
Yes, I am heartsick. Therefore, I am simply reproducing here something that Coleman Barks, the English translator of Rumi’s poetry, has written for George Bush. I very much wanted to share it with you. Perhaps you can forward these words to your English-speaking friends. Perhaps one of you can translate these words into Turkish and send them somewhere else. (I have to confess that I do harbor hopes that somehow what Coleman Barks has written does find its way into the Turkish press.) Perhaps . . . Well, we will see what comes of this, if anything.
poem from the translator of Rumi to the US President:
twenty-five other family and friends.
imagine some other way to do it. Quadruple the
inspectors, or put a thousand and one U.N. people in.
Then call for peace activists to volunteer to go to Iraq for
two weeks each. Flood that country with well-meaning
tourists, people curious about the land that produced the great saints,
Gilani, Hallaj, and Rabia. Set up hostels near those
Carter, Nelson Mandela, and my friend, Jonathan Granoff at the
U.N., will be the core organization team. No one knows
what might come of this. Maybe nothing, or maybe it would
convince some Iraqis and some of the world that we really do
not wish to kill anybody, and that we truly are not out to
appropriate oil reserves. We're working on building a hydrogen
vehicle as fast as we can,
no limit on the number of activists from all over that might
want to hang out and explore Iraq for two weeks. Is anything
left of Babylon? There could be informal courses for
college credit and pickup soccer games every evening at five.
Long leisurely suppers. The U. S. government furnishes
air transportation, that is, hires airliners from the country of
origin and back for each peace tourist, who must carry and
spend the equivalent of $1001 US inside Iraq.
part of the invasion force nearby as police, but let those who claim
to deeply detest war try something else just this once,
for one year. Call our bluff. If this madman Saddam's
WMD threat is not, somehow, eliminated by next February, you
can go in with special ops, and do it that way.
could be as though war had already happened, as it has, and the
healing and rebuilding. Now we're in the celebration afterward.
I'll be the first to volunteer for two weeks of wandering
winter desert and reading Hallaj, Abdul Qadir Gilani, dear Rabia,
and the life-saving 1001 Arabian Nights.
there you have it. I
must say that personally, I don’t really consider his proposal
next month, all of you take care.
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