Sunday, April 5, 2015
Persian ram, Grecian goat
If you wonder where all that Iranian bluster comes from,
take a look at what in Persia, long ago, was done.
Out in the Zagros mountains about 2500 years ago,
a band of Persians came together to put on quite a show.
They spread out in a way to make the world's first empire;
from Nile to Indus, from Caspian to Gulf, they did not tire.
A fellow named Cyrus, who was known to be Great,
subjugated peoples far and wide to start this ancient state.
Before anyone named it Iran, or Persia, it was called Achaemenid,
like the name of former President Ahmadinejad, and what he thought they did.
After Cyrus the Great had died, and also Cambyses his son,
a Magian usurper tried to abscond their royal Persian run,
but Darius, distant relative of Cyrus, slew that pretender,
then gave credence to Zarathustra, and whatever Ahuramazda might render.
Darius the Mede, who ruled from Persepolis to Phrygia,
extended Achaeminid lands from the Hindus to Lydia.
But Persian conquest was in Greece contested;
its expansion was halted-- at Marathon arrested.
Then young Pheideppides ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens
to tell Athenians about their defeat of Darius' Persian I'ryans.
This fierce Persian/Greek contention had been foretold in a biblical vision
by the Hebrew prophet, Daniel, with symbolic precision.
He saw a ferocious horned goat attacking a great horned ram
which is what happened, metaphorically, when Alexander conquered anciant Iran.
These days it seems them I'ryans are on the move again,
now declaring Islamic Republic, Shariah, and all things Shia Mohammedan.
Their hegemony looks restrictive, legalistic and Islamist totalitarian,
with dissidents imprisoned, like Daniel in lions' den.
Now ayatollahs want to raise new Islami-I'ryan Persian empire
with Shia militia, Hesbollah, and centrifuged ire.
If we be lucky today, the Greeks will again stop them Persians.
But it may not happen; Greece has gone broke with too many dispersions.
So what will the world do when I'ryans insurge to destroy Arab leagues?
Will it be like the last Reich, in Aryan blitzkriegs?