And the hapless soldier’s sigh runs in blood down palace walls

London (1794)

BY WILLIAM BLAKE

I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’d Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every Man,
In every Infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear.

How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every black’ning Church appalls;
And the hapless Soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.

But most thro’ midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot’s curse
Blasts the new born Infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

Pictures from the streets of Iran (HT/Noah Pollak, published by Boston.com)

There’s a possibility that, because Iranian soldiers refuse to fire on Iranians, the government has brought in Arabs to do the job (Hizbullah?). At present, this is only a rumor, but it might make sense, and reinforces the rumors that some of the bodyguards of the Gaza clique are Iranian.

There are widespread reports of police and security forces, around Tehran and other big cities where there have been demonstrations, who are not Iranian and either speak Persian with a very pronounced Arab accent or speak no Persian at all…. Reports are circulating that Venezuela has sent anti-riot troops to Tehran to help Ahmadinejad, joining Hezbollah members from Palestine and Lebanon who are employed by the Islamic government as anti-riot police — the reason such forces are being brought in is that some of the Iranian police are unwilling to hit people as ordered and some are even joining the protesters.

4 Responses to And the hapless soldier’s sigh runs in blood down palace walls

  1. davod says:

    I was reading an article about the limited number of people with access to the outside world – Twitter more specifically, and the reality may be distorted by this.

  2. Fat Man says:

    Joan Baez used London as a lyric in one of her recordings: “London (W. Blake)/Old Welsh Song (H. Treece)” it is on Baptism (1968) and First Ten Years (1970).

  3. oao says:

    Iranian Faux-Uprising is Stupid, Pointless
    By Debbie Schlussel
    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2009/06/top_israeli_off.html

  4. Richard Landes says:

    having trouble getting this comment posted normally. from Daniel Bielak:

    (I previously posted most of the following information in two comments to this post, but my comments didn’t show up. I’ve consolidated, in this comment, the information which I posted in those comments.)

    The following are some links to some information about the current demonstrations by millions of people in Iran against the brutal totalitarian Islamic-Supremacist regime currently in power in Iran (It is an Islamic-Supremacist regime which is disliked by very many people in Iran, and it is a regime which is abhorred by very many young educated secular democratic people in Iran):

    Amir Fakhravar: Obama’s disgraceful silence on Iran
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzNr5alD_TQ

    Israel’s rare opportunity by Caroline Glick
    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18100.xml

    Iran’s Election: Magical Ballots and Martial Law (article by guest poster ganselmi) http://blog.z-word.com/2009/06/irans-election-magical-ballots-and-martial-law/
    Comment by ganselmi in the comments section of the article:

    “Petra,

    Thanks for the (always) thoughtful response.

    You are correct in your assessment of Mousavi. He does indeed have a dubious record, and he is part and parcel of this corrupt regime. But I would say that what is unfolding in cities across the country now is no longer about Mousavi (perhaps it never was).

    Mousavi and the color green are just symbols that are uniting the masses. It could be anyone or any color. The protesters aren’t rising up in favor of Mousavi’s policy stances. Their energy is directed now at the fundamental unfairness of the IRI, which was laid bare in such an obvious fashion in the rigged election results.”

    A Blog (”For a democratic secular Iran. For peace and prosperity in the Middle East.”) by one of the very many secular democratic Iranian people inside and outside of Iran which has been documenting the demonstrations in Iran and which has graphic and disturbing images and video of protesters being violently attacked and killed by the police of the brutal totalitarian Islamic-Supremacist regime currently in power in Iran (It is a regime which poses an extremely serious danger to the world, it is a regime which is disliked by very many people in Iran (even very many relatively uneducated people), and it is a regime which is abhorred by all of the very many educated secular democratic people in Iran)
    http://azarmehr.blogspot.com

    A Blog by another one of the very many secular democratic Iranian people inside and outside of Iran
    http://viewfromiran.blogspot.com

    The following are some links to some information about the nature of, about the extreme danger posed to the world by, and about the enabling collusion of European (especially German, Austrian and Italian) corporations with, the totalitarian Islamic-Supremacist regime currently in power in Iran:

    Matthias Kuntzel
    http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/kategorie/english/?lang=en

    Antisemitism, Messianism and the Cult of Sacrifice: The Iranian Holy War by Matthias Kuntzel
    http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/antisemitism-messianism-and-the-cult-of-sacrifice-the-iranian-holy-war

    Sanctions? What Sanctions? German-Iranian Trade Booms by Matthias Kuntzel
    http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/sanctions-what-sanctions-german-iranian-trade-booms

    The Tehran-Berlin Axis by Matthias Kuntzel
    http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/the-tehran-berlin-axis

    Stop the Bomb (Austria)
    http://at.stopthebomb.net/en/

    Stop the Bomb (Germany)
    http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/start/germany/startpage.html

    Business as usual? The Iranian regime, the holy war against Israel and the West and the German reaction (Audio Documentation of Conference held by Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin e.V.)
    http://www.mideastfreedomforum.org/node/66

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