In light of the cowardly massacre of innocent unarmed men and women of Paris, I’d like to make today’s posting center on this festering boil in need of lancing called ISIS. What is it under their demented twisted turbans that drive them to kill total strangers and enslave women & children? Where in the Koran does it say it’s viewed favorably by Allah to in cold blood murder the people of Paris?
To be honest I’ve not actually read the Koran, but don’t believe I’d find justification for killing. In an article written by Nasser Rabbat he discussed the beheading of Khaled al-Asaad. In the opening paragraph he states: “On August 18, 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the eighty-three-year-old former director of antiquities for the ancient site of Palmyra, before hanging his mutilated body from a traffic light in the city he loved and refused to leave, with his severed, bespectacled head tucked between his feet.”
al-Asaad was a noted author, teacher, and accepted global literati, but specialized in archaeological discoveries and was affectionately called the “Keeper of Palmyra,” one of the most significant sites for Syrian antiquities.’ Soon after the beheading of al-Asaad, the nitwits proceeded to blow up the Temple of Baal Shamin I suppose to emphasize their point. Having said that, I think most of the civilized world would like to know what that point is!
Evidently Islamic scholars vary widely in trying to explain other than to say ISIS justifies its existence by operating within an epistemological frame of reference that dates back to the Stone Age! Jeez… How so very convenient for them! If blood lust is the central theme of one’s religion it’s good to have a platform!
For the two or three of you still reading this nipple clamp I’d say your art is more important now than ever before. Even if you’ve never sold anything…it’s still important to raise your voice. The very freedom we enjoy to make social commentary and to shine light on the scrambling roaches of ISIS hiding under our dinner plates has been paid in full by the blood of patriots! Don’t waste it!
Even Hitler didn’t destroy art work! He’d rather steal it from you. Fortunately when his effort of world domination fizzled out much of the art was salvaged and returned to private collectors or museums.
If I don’t start to see art produced in the spirit of Picasso’s “Guernica” regarding last Fridays slaughter I will be disappointed, no… disillusioned would describe it better. Those artists that have captured the eye of critics everywhere have an obligation to make a statement, particularly if you’re a woman artist. The atrocities toward women and children have been well documented so “call a spade a spade” and kick ISIS right in the nards!