Thursday, October 07, 2004

MLP: Mordor's Orcs

Kathleen Parker captures the essence of today's political debate:
The nation is essentially divided into two cinematic camps: (1) those who believe that America's story was best told in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and (2) those who think Peter Jackson pretty much captured the essence of current events in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterpiece of the same name.

In Moore/Kerry metro-blue-state world, Bush is a moron and the war on terror, especially the war in Iraq, is a tall tale told by an idiot. In Tolkien/Bush retro-red-state world, we are in a global struggle against Mordor's Orcs (radical Islam's terrorists) to save Western civilization.

Unfortunately, Tolkien's fantastical invention seems brutally prophetic today. Even the conflicts between his characters -- those willing to battle and those averse -- mirror our own divisions.
Tolkien started writing the LOTR while serving in the 11th Lancaster Fusiliers in WWI and finished the last chapters of it in letters to his son who was fighting the Nazis in North Africa during WWII. It is a story about war, about courage, about evil, and about fighting against overwhelming odds. And it is a warning that sounds like it was written just for us today. But will we heed it?
Of course, it is likely enough, my friends, that we are going to our doom: the last march of the Ents. But if we stayed at home and did nothing, doom would find us anyway, sooner or later. That thought has long been growing in our hearts; and that is why we are marching now. It was not a hasty resolve. Now at least the last march of the Ents may be worth a song. Aye, we may help the other peoples before we pass away. -- Treebeard