«[Queen Tomyris] then, when she heard that which had come to pass with the army and also fhe things concerning her son, sent a herald to Cyrus and said: “Cyrus, insatiable of blood, do not celebrate too much what has come to pass, namle because with that fruit of the vine [...] you overcame my son and not by valor in fight. [...] Restore to me my son and depart from this land without penalty [...]. If you shall not do so, I swear to you by the Sun, who is lord of the Massagetai, that surely I will give you your fill of blood, blood-thirsty though you are.”
These words were reported to him, but Cyrus disregarded them. [... After the death of Tomyris's son and then a pitched battle between the Massagetai and the Persians on the plain over the river Aras ...] The greater part of the Persian army was destroyed upon the spot, and Cyrus himself died there, after he had reigned twenty-nine years. Then Tomyris filled a skin with human blood and had search made among the Persian dead for the corpse of Cyrus. When she found it, she let his head down into the skin and doing outrage to the corpse she said this over it: “Though I yet live and have overcome you in fight, nevertheless you have destroyed me by taking my son with craft. I nevertheless according to my threat will give you your fill of blood.” There are many tales told about the end of Cyrus, but this one is to my mind the most worthy of belief.»
Hey everyone: anyone know whether there’s going to be (1) an Austin Anarchist Bookfair, or (2) a Houston Anarchist Bookfair, in Fall 2014? (If so, what the right URL or who the right people to contact for information would be?) #LazyWeb #ALLDistro
So last Friday, I posted how I saw the Spartacist League on campus and how I really can’t take them seriously as a communist party or, seriously at all.
THEN, Last night I get invited to a “Revolution Club” meeting, so I dig a little further and ask if they’re a party–or perhaps influenced by one. No, they’re not a party, they say–I press a little more, and I’m told that they are given guidance by The Revolutionary Communist Party..so I think to myself “Oh shit. Could it be them? The earnest followers of BOB AVAKIAN?” YO! Yes! IT IS THEM! WTF! I’m surrounded by Sparts and cult followers..
I know I sound like a sectarian asshole and I guess when it comes to these folks, I am.
ALSO, there’s an event with Cornell West AND Bob Avakian–is Cornell West in the RCP? Justin Ponkow—what do you know?
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” In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 servicemembers to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission –- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We’ll also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL’s control.” – Obama’s War Speech
Oh, well, they’re just military advisors. Clearly there is no way that could escalate into a land war in Asia.
Literally every president of my lifetime, except one, has started at least one new war against Iraq. Every damned one of them except Reagan. And the only reason Reagan didn’t start a new war against Iraq was because he was too busy helping the Iraqi government get chemical weapons so that they could fight a proxy war for him against Iran.