The Jordanian Pilot, Charles Dickens, And The Islamic State’s ‘Banquet Of Consequences’

The Jordanian Pilot, Charles Dickens, And The Islamic State’s ‘Banquet Of Consequences’


I wrote earlier on the despicable, and evil killing/murder of the captured Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State. Upon further reflection — I had some additional thoughts. First, my thoughts go to the people of Jordan, and especially the family of the brave, and deceased pilot. May ‘God’ have mercy on his soul. As for ISIS — as, I wrote earlier, a fate similar to what Rome imposed on mighty Carthage — awaits them.

With respect to the deceased Jordanian pilot — I thought of Charles Dickens classic, ‘A Tale Of Two Cities.” The 1859 novel, set in London and Paris, both during and after the French Revolution, “depicts the plight of the French peasantry, demoralized by the French aristocracy – in the years leading up the revolution,” as described by Wikipedia. Dickens’ aptly, and movingly describes the brutality the aristocracy inflicted onto the peasants; and, the reversal of fortune, when the revolutionaries turned the tables on their former masters. Dickens main characters are followed through the chaotic cauldron of the times, one of whom is John Barsad, a British spy, and his friend who are on tiral for treason — who then attempt to frame French emigre, Charles Darnay, whom they falsely claim gave British troops information about French positions in North America. As Wikipedia adds, Darnay is acquitted, however, when Barsad, who claims he was able to recognize Darnay anywhere, is unable to tell Darnay apart — from a Barrister in court, Sydney Carton, who almost looks like Darnay’s identical twin.”

As Wikipedia notes, “Darnay is eventually imprisoned in the Bastille and sentenced to die by guillotine; but, is spared the executioner, after Carton visits Darnay in prison and switches places with him — to spare his life. The novel concludes with Carton walking to the gilloitine and is approached by a seamstress (also condemned to death) , who recognizes the truth, and is awed by his unselfish courage and sacrifice. Carton consoles her; and,telling her their ends will be quick; but, adds, “there is No Time or Trouble, in the better land where….[they] will be mercifully sheltered,” and she is able to meet her death in peace.”

Then, [Dickens] Carton speaks one of the most famous and meaningful phrases ever written, “It is a far, far, better thing that I do, that I have ever done, it is a far, far better place I go, than I have ever gone.” This is what came to mind to me today, after hearing of the tragic loss of the Jordanian pilot. I have not written his name because i did/do not have permission to do so from the family.

As for “The Banquet of Consequences.” Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “Sooner Or Later, We All Sit Down To A Banquet Of Consequences.” Hopefully, the Islamic State will get their banquet — sooner, rather than later. V/R, RCP

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