by Jerry Alatalo
“The deeds on men never deceive the gods.”
– OVID (43 B.C. – 18 A.D.) Roman poet
eople concerned about the severe health and well-being threats to the world’s most important publisher-journalist of the 21st century, Julian Assange, are especially concerned during the ongoing extradition hearings at London’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison.
The sense of frustration felt by millions of men and women around the Earth regarding the seemingly endless persecution and increasingly harsh, unjust retribution Assange has been forced to endure for (10) years was captured by authors in the past.
After years of seeming incomprehensible, overly-complex legal wrangling between Mr. Assange’s attorneys and the combined United States-United Kingdom establishment seeking to imprison Assange for life inside America, serious observers surely have felt the “Catch 22” predominant aspect of the affair.
Joseph Heller’s book “Catch 22” was eventually made into a major big-screen motion picture, capturing the author’s sense of utter futility and hopelessness in the conditions and circumstances involved in the conducting of wars. “Catch 22” has since become a well-known term for describing the category of human-to-human communications which share the depressing feature of resulting in zero communications at all.
Another book and film in the vicinity of the same genre is “Cool Hand Luke” by author Donn Pearce, perhaps best remembered by the scene where actor Strother Martin, playing the prison warden, explains to the prisoners regarding Luke’s (actor Paul Newman) repeated attempts to escape, that “What we have here, is a failure to communicate!”.
That scene’s dialogue followed the warden’s vicious whipping of Luke as punishment for Luke’s “Stop treating me so nice, boss”, and warden/actor Martin’s Academy Award-worthy delivery of “Don’t ever talk to me like that again! Never! … Never!! … Never!!!”
The book and 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by author Ken Kesey captures the insanity and brutal nature of Julian Assange’s years long “punishment” for being an effective peace activist, arguably the #1 peace activist of the 21st century. In particular, the character played by Nicholson’s eventual brain lobotomy provides the powerful analogy to the current chemical, pharmaceutical applied intentional destruction of Assange’s brilliant mind.
The character played by actor Jack Nicholson eventually becomes lobotomized into the shape of a non-cognizant, unfeeling human vegetable, leading to his Native American friend, the gentle giant named “Chief”, – performing the ultimate act of mercy – to smother Nicholson’s character to death, before breaking out of the mental institution to freedom.
We hope and suggest it may not yet be too late to heal Julian Assange’s physical, mental and spiritual injuries. There might still be time to save Julian Assange’s life. The chance still exists he might become rightly freed to live out his days and share with all people on Earth the full range of human experiences.
May right actions be taken before it is too late. Walk in beauty.
(Thank you to Queentin Tarantula at YouTube)