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Tandra Page 1669, June 28, 2020

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This observation is titled; DISMANTLING HISTORY

I finished watching the “Game Of Thrones” HBO series by playing the complete thing, one installment per night, on my DVD player using Blu-ray discs that arrived from Amazon back in late March. As most everyone who has heard of the television show is aware, it is based upon a series of novels by George R. R. Martin with the overall title, “A Song Of Ice And Fire”, a series he never bothered to finish.

The final season was broadcast on HBO last year, but I never watched the HBO broadcasts. From the first season, I have waited until the show was available on DVD. After the Eighth Season was broadcast, I made some effort to avoid reading fan comments on line, but it was impossible to escape everything concerning a show as high profile as “Game Of Thrones”. The short version of criticism was the series did not end well for the Dragon Queen and the final season sucked.

As I said, I begin watching the show with Season One, Episode one and, continuing through the whole thing, finished up last week. My judgment is that the final season is an amazing climax to the best series ever broadcast on television. I suspect those who hated the Final Season were displeased because of the direction the story took. I might have, myself, preferred a different fate for Daenerys but, all things considered, her ultimate fate was probably the best that could logically have been expected under the circumstances. Again, I liked the show and the Final Season without reservations.

But the point of this Tandra Notes Installment is not to rave about a television show. The point is to make comment about a philosophical argument one would not expect from a fantasy television production. Except not necessarily. The original “Star Trek” television presentation made its street creds by presenting shows on screen that examined the social issues of the day. Before “Star Trek”, “The Twilight Zone” was noted for taking on the issues of its time. As Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling noted, “You can do things with a fantasy or sci-fi television show that are not allowed with any other genre.”

Coming off Queen Daenerys’ failed campaign to establish an empire of peace and justice, the question was asked, “How far would you go to establish the perfect society with peace and security for all?” How many people would you slaughter to establish a “perfect world”, a Utopia?

We remember from last week’s Observation that Honest Abe Lincoln was all in with the slaughter of some 620,000 Americans for the purpose of establishing centralized control of this nation in Washington DC under a corrupt Republican Regime. Honest Abe declared himself that his purpose in his war was to make resistance to his rule so terrible and devastating that no one would ever again dare to challenge his power. (One would guess that John Wilkes Booth did not get the memo.) This is not “Lost Cause” mythology; it is historic fact. And General William Tecumseh Sherman set about carrying out Honest Abe’s directive with his war against women and children. Not only were 620,000 dead Americans a justifiable cost for Honest Abe Lincoln’s unchallenged rule, but so were untold hundreds of thousands of Americans left crippled and maimed for life by Lincoln’s power grab.

General Dwight David Eisenhower was convinced that 10,500 men killed, missing and wounded on D-day were an acceptable cost for establishing a beach head on Normandy and President Harry S. Truman decided the slaughter of the populations of two Japanese cities was acceptable for an Allied Victory in the Pacific. On the flip side and given conditions at the time, refusing to bomb those two cities and slaughter their people would have likely resulted in a greater number of deaths with an extended war.

It is not known how many deaths Sultan Muhammad II thought acceptable in the conquest of Constantinople, but a contemporary observer noted that the Muslims finally gained access over the walls of the city by climbing over the corpses piled against the walls of Constantinople. For some idea of the sort of battle this was, view the third episode of the “Game Of Thrones” Final Season wherein the White Walkers attack Winterfell.

And speaking of Muslim conquest, some authorities make claim of 200 million slaughtered to date in the Muslim crusade to bring all the world under rule of the perfect world wide Caliphate.

We might also consider that the Israelis under Joshua were instructed to kill the inhabitants of Canaan when they came into the “Promised Land” and to burn their cities and tear own their monuments. King Saul was commanded to utterly destroy the Amalekites including women and children and cattle. Saul ran afoul of Samuel’s wrath when he saved out a portion of the Amalakite loot for himself.

I’ve never held back that I have no love for Honest Abe Lincoln nor for the mythology surrounding him. (The victor in war has the luxury of creating narrative to make of himself a saint and to make of his opponents vile demons in the service of Satan.) But neither do I necessarily condemn General Eisenhower for the D-day invasion. I would not prefer a world in which the Nazis had won the war. But that is not the question. The question as proposed concerning the Dragon Queen and as it applies to you, dear reader, is this; How far would you go, if you were given the power, to create a perfect world in your image? What would you do and what would you hold back from doing?

I think that is a question worthy of consideration, particularly when we see in this nation a political party that is all in with reducing this nation to burned out rubble in the campaign to establish a perfect Communist Dictatorship, a dystopian society wherein they can make claim that the American Lost Cause (currently finally being dismantled) isn’t History, it’s mythology.

When moral standards are cast aside, anything goes; murder, confiscation, slavery, the whole of the Socialist Utopia Agenda. -Lady Liberty

“I’d rather die standing than live on my knees!” -Stephane (Charb) Charbonnier

“It’s terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged!” G. K. Chesterton

Next Week; As consequence of Gael calling upon her special powers to give support to Lord Kilthane’s assault upon New Olympus, the king of the gods joins the battle! Don’t fail to read Tandra Page 1663. Check in beginning Monday, June 29, 2020. Experience the continuing story updated every day at http://www.tandra.com.

“...we are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” -Ayn Rand

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