Sunday, September 03, 2006
The Roman Salute
My previous posting shows a painting by David, titled The Oath of the Horatii. It shows what is called the "roman" salute. Perhaps this looks familiar. At left is a picture of Adolf Hitler receiving the salute from the Reichstag upon the announcement of the occupation of Austria, in March of 1938.
That year, 1938, has been tossed around in the media recently as an analogy to current world events. Are we facing another moment in history when a relatively small action will preempt the need for a much larger and more costly action later? If Germany had been dealt with quickly and decisively in 1938, perhaps World War II would not have been so costly in every sense of the word.
Iran continues to thumb its nose at the western world by pursuing its nuclear agenda. Why do they need a nuclear program? They say it is for energy. Iran is an importer of gasoline. But if they want to cut forigen energy imports, why not build some refineries? (Sound familiar?) The Nuclear Menace was laid to rest after the Soviet Union collapsed, but only for a quick nap.
Iran is a known sponsor of terrorisim and continues to fight wars by proxy through Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, et al. The current president of Iran is suspected of being directly involved with the hostage crisis in 1979.
By the way, a variation of the roman salute was used in the United States as part of the Pledge of Allegiance until the U.S. entered WWII. Abandoned for obvious similarity to the Nazi salute, it was replaced with the hand-over-the-heart gesture (in my opinion a weak-looking pose). It is now used by Islamo-Fascists in some ceremonial situations.
An open warning to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Keep looking over your shoulder. If it's 1938 again, soon you will be seeing this: