Justin Raimondo: Missiles From MordorSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 02:05
The drone war underscores the essential evil of American imperialism
by Justin Raimondo, February 11, 2013
In The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy trilogy, the center of evil in Middle Earth is the land of Mordor, a desolate and evil country. From there Sauron, the Dark Lord, sends out his spies and agents in pursuit of his goal: the conquest of the world of men, hobbits, elves, and dwarves. The most fearsome of these servants are the Nazgûl, otherwise known as the Ringwraiths or Black Riders, ghostly creatures who had once been men, great kings who had fallen under Sauron’s power. As Tolkien describes them:
"And one by one, sooner or later, according to their native strength and to the good or evil of their wills in the beginning, they fell under the thraldom of the ring that they bore and of the domination of the One which was Sauron’s. And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Úlairi, the Enemy’s most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death."
In short, the Ringwraiths are Sauron’s drones – soulless slaves who roam the earth in search of enemies, whistling through the air with a sound like the voice of death itself.
It’s not at all surprising to find premonitions of America’s drone war in The Lord of the Rings, for Tolkien’s masterpiece is all about the nature of evil: how it gains a foothold and expands its power outward, filling the soul and eventually enveloping its victims in a shroud of irredeemable malevolence.