will... require increasing force levels... more than 20,000 additional
American troops to Iraq."
the great God Thanatos through His servant, the Decider, the American
Boy-King George II, as he gazed, cross-eyed and quivering, into
the camera and right through his appalled audience, looking out
into the abyss, the bloody apocalyptic Hades-on-Gaia that he and
his greedy, bungling, war profiteering cronies and patsies have
engineered in the blood-and-oil soaked sands of ancient Mesopotamia.
This is the
State of Our Union: the State of Thanatos. Death will surge on
all sides. Perma-War will be escalated and diversified. Force
will be augmented. In the President's speech and the Amens of
his choir (Cheney, Rice, Hadley) on the Sunday talk shows, there
is no glimmer of light in the darkness of war, no path to peace.
At first, they told us it would be a flower-strewn path, then
a kind of tough "messy" path. Now there is no path at all. Only
the path of Thanatos.
talked of God telling him to do various things before. "God told
me to strike at Al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed
me to strike at Saddam," he intoned Biblically in a meeting with
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. Now we know which God
he was talking about.
much about Thanatos these days, except the occasional discontented
Freudian. But the presence of the grim Lord of the Dearly Departed
is more and more keenly felt. According to the Greeks, Thanatos
is the fatherless son of Nyx (Night), twin brother of Hypnos (Sleep).
In Euripides' Alcestis, the handsome but deadly wingéd
young male God coolly tells Apollo, "I win greater honor when
the victims are young."
is no more merciful to victims of heart attacks than He is to
victims of war. Death is always with us, a constant companion
to life. Immortality is but a dream. There is no life without
death, no Eros without Thanatos. Nevertheless, the Death God seems
fiercest and most powerful in wartime, when so many of society's
strongest youth are killed in battle. There is something about
being killed deliberately by our fellow humans that seems to twist
the knife more sharply than death by the tides of nature.
will send 17,500 additional
troops into Baghdad where they will
encounter the Mehdi army of
Moktada al Sadr, and another 4,000
into Anbar province where they will
fight the indefatigable Sunni
"insurgents." Who knows how many
of these young American soldiers
will be taken by Thanatos?
Who knows how many more Iraqis
will die? After the surge, the U.S.
will probably have no more control
over Iraq than we do now.
humans is what Thanatos' Man in the White House prides himself
on. Bush is not a "War President," like FDR or Lincoln. He's a
War Business President. He trades Deaths for Oil. The Shrub
is a Lynching Tree, a Burning Bush of Apocalyptic Mass Destruction,
a loyal servant of Thanatos. And now, even though all the President's
killing has produced nothing but grief, destruction, huge debt
and a raging thirst for revenge, he's eager to kill some more.
from Cindy Sheehan to James A. Baker III has been protesting this
occupation we call a "war." At least 70 per cent of the American
public wants to cut our losses asap. Yet Thanatos marches on.
Bush has the urge to surge, and the Democrats, despite their sparkling
new power and a clear mandate to end this war, don't seem to be
will send 17,500 additional troops into Baghdad where they will
encounter the Mehdi army of Moktada al Sadr, and another 4,000
into Anbar province where they will fight the indefatigable Sunni
"insurgents." Who knows how many of these young American soldiers
will be taken by Thanatos? Who knows how many more Iraqis will
die? After the surge, the U.S. will probably have no more control
over Iraq than we do now. But in the dark eyes of Thanatos, it
doesn't matter. Like other war profiteers, Death wins regardless
of whose side is perceived as victorious.
In his necrophilic
speech, Bush also threatened to attack Iran and/or Syria. Either
he has not heard the message of the recent elections, or he has
indeed heard it and is rushing to do as much damage as he can
before he leaves or is forced from office. Hopefully, some pundits
are right, and the surge is the last gasp of the Perma-War President.
But this is cold comfort when prospects for the near future look
utterly revolting. Bush's plan smells like a rotting corpse.
a good Make-Love-Not-War gal or guy to do to resist the immeasurably
Thanatoxic effects of the Bush administration? Fly the flag of
Eros as high as you can! Yes, indeed, Brothers & Sisters,
Lovers & Sinners, don't let the inexorable doom and gloom
of Thanatos bring you down. Speak out against the Bad Bush and
celebrate the Good Bush (you know what I'm saying). Resist
the Urge to Surge. And since it's almost Eros Day, it's a good
time to pledge your allegiance to the Spirit of Eros in your life.
discontented Freudians remind us, Eros is the opposite of Thanatos.
Thanatos being Death, Eros is Life. Yay! It's good to be
on the side of life. Then again, it's not so simple. This isn't
one of those black-and-white Battles between Good and Evil that
the Red Staters love to fight. Eros has an edge. The word is,
after all, from the same root as "erotic," so it has something
to do with sex. But we're not just talking about Valentine sex
here, true love, or procreation, or even just lust, porn, or recreational
sex. We're talking about the primordial sexual energy that is
the essence of life (unless you're a creationist). Yes, indeed.
what's a good Make-Love-Not-War
gal or guy to do to resist the
immeasurably Thanatoxic effects
of the Bush administration?
Fly the flag of Eros as high as you can!
Speak out against the Bad Bush
and celebrate the Good Bush
(you know what I'm saying).
Resist the Urge to Surge.
And since it's almost Eros Day,
it's a good time to pledge your
allegiance to the Spirit of Eros
in your life.
to Hesiod's Theogony, written around 800 BC, Eros is one
of the four original Creators of the Universe, blowing the Breath
of Life into all creatures, even the Gods. This is what I call
"The Original Blow-Job." And this is why, at least mythologically
speaking, Eros gets the clout to counter Thanatos.
In other Greco-Roman myths, Eros is portrayed in more human form,
a handsome, mischievous teenager, the original male sex symbol,
with glorious feathered wings and a potent quiver of golden arrows
that do not kill their victims, but merely pierce their hearts
with desire. In many artworks, Eros and Thanatos, shown together,
look almost like twins with opposing characters.
of you who know me know, every year at this time, a few weeks
after the menorahs and Xmas trees have been stashed and trashed,
I observe the holiday of Eros Day. On Eros Day, we celebrate Eros,
who is not only a great and powerful God according to classical
mythology, but also a little phallic planetoid according to modern
astronomy. We do this every year on the Saturday night closest
to January 22, when the planetoid 433 Eros is closest to Earth.
This year, we'll celebrate on January 20. We also celebrate the
Spirit of Eros, the idea of love, lust and peace in times
of hate, greed and war.
a friendly neighborhood orgy, Eros Day is always a bit of a political
party. Our Eros Day Counter-Inaugural Ball in 2005 protested the
embarrassing inauguration (Sorry World!) of Thanatos into
the Executive Branch. This year we will be administering Abu Ghraib-style
torture to masked and hooded human effigies of Dubya, Dick and
Condi (the American junta) and watching "The Beastly Bombing"
singers satirize the White House resident, as well as body-painting
and female ejaculation demonstrations (it's holy water!).
Is this just a silly liberal excuse to get our sexual jollies
with a veneer of political activism? Perhaps. But it sure beats
singing "God Bless America" while looking the other way as Thanatoxic
atrocities are committed in our name. Call it Progressive Hedonism,
Blue Values, the Bonobo Way or Faith-Based Sex, it's the Spirit
of Eros, the same sexy trickster spirit that infused the anti-war
movement of the Vietnam years with passion and an erotic fervor
that is mostly lacking from the anti-war movements of the Iraq
Eros Day! Party on for Eros and stop Thanatos dead in His tracks:
Honor those who refuse to fight and demand that Congress stop
paying for Bush's war and start impeachment proceedings upon this
Thanatoxic war criminal now.
Susan Block is a sex educator, cultural commentator, host
of The Dr. Susan Block Show and author of The 10 Commandments
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