Ishtar, Queen of the Night

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A little while ago, I learned of the depredations in northern Iraq, where some of the greatest treasures from antiquity are being destroyed. When I learned of these terrible things, I chose not to read another word, nor view another image, because I will not allow my spirit to be vexed by the actions of others.

As far as my contemplation of these matters goes, it amazes me that anyone should believe, simply because the representations in stone are being shattered, that the idea, essence or deities represented by these ‘idols’ should perish at the same time. If anything, the unearthly powers behind these representations are being vividly brought back to life by all those who mourn the loss of these gifts to Mankind, while the deities themselves are surely renewing themselves by ensuring they’re reborn, something I’ve read about on many occasions over the years in my studies of these things, while it’s inconceivable to me that I should be the only person alive to think in this way.

I know this as surely as I know the rivers run into the sea. I know this as surely as I know that the blood courses in my veins. I know this as surely as I know that the sun rises in the east and sinks in the west. I know this as surely as I know that night follows day, and will do throughout Eternity on countless worlds in the most far-flung reaches of our teeming, unimaginably vast and starry cosmos.

Ishtar is the Queen of the Night.

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One Response to Ishtar, Queen of the Night

  1. Dr Dan Holdsworth says:

    Sir,
    What is transpiring here is really depressingly simple. Radical Islam seems to be yet another failure mode of our monkey brains, this time one centred around hypnosis and social peer pressure. Radical muslims pray (effectively self-hypnotise) five times daily, which is more than sufficient to maintain a state of self-hypnosis almost indefinitely. They are devoted to a subset of the Koran which is devoted to religious purity, or rather to not permitting informational drift. Specifically, a good muslim is supposed to destroy all religious idols where possible; this being a way of keeping them focussed on just their religious book.

    The Koran is a curious book, even amongst religious books. It is a collection of oral histories and recollections about a man called Mohammed (or something like that; their script is short on vowels) who was a trader, and religious visionary. The writing-down event dates to a couple of hundred years after his death, and involved several different scribes. Most wrote in Arabic, a few in Aramaic and the resultant text is a mixture of mostly Arabic, part Aramaic, written in the idiom and language of that time.

    Towards the end of the recording event, they ran out of parchment (having been using only the good side of each leaf) and lacking further supplies, completed the job writing on the backs of other leafs, semingly at random. They also neglected to number the pages. This collection was stored then for a few decades, long enough that nobody could remember the order of the pages.

    Transferred then to proper books, the result was a disjointed mish-mash of sections. All semblence of a storyline had gone, and although several eminent and skilled scholars tried their best (and Arabic scholars of that time were bloody good, way ahead of Western Europeans) but only succeeded in slightly unmessing the mix. For a while, several competing Korans were in circulation, until a local king finally had enough and ordered that all competing versions be collected and collated into a superset document encompassing all of these.

    Once done, the sections were ordered in rank of how long they were, roughly speaking, and all other competing versions were destroyed and their use outlawed. Further editing of this final version Koran was also outlawed.

    Thus the modern Koran is a multiply-edited mish-mash of a document, mostly written in Arabic but also in Aramaic in parts (that bit about the reward of heaven being seventy-seven virgins is actually Aramaic; the Aramaic word translates as “raisins”, whilst seventy-seven is presumably idiom for “Lots and lots, more than you can count”).

    All of which doesn’t explain the Daesh militias.

    As I said before, they are self-reinforcing religious nutcases, but worse than that they think that the Koran is literally true, and that they are living in a series of events described in it. Specifically, their version of the Revelation of St John, AKA the end of the world. What they are doing is setting up a caliphate or Islamic empire, which is the precondition needed for this series of events to kick off.

    To defeat them, the first prerequisite is an air force of some sort, preferably consisting largely of drones. The Daesh have no air force of their own, so whoever owns the skies above them can prevent their moving supplies and troops about; doing so is death to any militia force. Once pinned down, standard siege and attrition tactics can do the rest.

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