Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ode to Omar
By Nicholas Contompasis
"You Only Live Twice or so it seems,
One life for yourself and one for your dreams.
You drift through the years and life seems tame,
Till one dream appears and love is its name.
And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on,
Don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone.
This dream is for you, so pay the price.
Make one dream come true, you only live twice." *
For those not old enough to remember, Omar Qaddafi of Libya has been the arch villain that came to mind whenever watching any James Bond movie in the '70s, '80s and '90's. His support of terrorists and their acts are now legend. He has faced the likes of Reagan and Bush (both) and survived.
So, I feel it's now appropriate to give recognition to the world's longest lasting villain in his waining days on earth, as his own people hunt him down, like the dog he is!
Nevertheless, one must admire his tenacity to survive among the Super Powers of the past decades and even amongst his own terrorist tribes.
For Omar is now an anachronistic ancient figure, out of place, and now alone, running from one tunnel to another beneath his lost capital of Tripoli.
He has outlived his usefulness for not only the terrorist elements of the world but his own dwindling followers. In this age of Twitter and the Internet, the old villain has finally met his match.
So, here's to you Omar, "You only live twice."
*From James Bond 007 - You Only Live Twice, 1967