The distant is in the near.The hunt is somewhat of a cultural gauge. There are always subtle shifts in the hunting motif. From brutal and tiring affair to the trappings of ritual, pomp and circumstance, the trophy has always assumed to the role of multi-purpose fetish object. The hunt never really ends, but perpetuates itself in a string of complicated, enigmatic and inscrutable unfolding of events that refuses to conclude.The death of Bin Laden certainly has had a carnival air, a May 1st festivity with the appropriate human sacrifice to Dionysus, along with the polemics of “saving lives through assassination.” Much like the Spielberg film, Munich, the distinguishing of justice from revenge, and revenge from vengeance is not apparent.
There is a blurry distinction between venality and piety; If there is such morality, conscientiousness and piety on the part of the West why is there always the need to plan the next hunt:
Christopher Hitchens:After all, who did not know that the United States was lavishly feeding the same hands that fed Osama bin Laden? There’s some minor triumph, also, in the confirmation that our old enemy was not a heroic guerrilla fighter but the pampered client of a corrupt and vicious oligarchy that runs a failed and rogue state….
But, again, we were aware of all this already. At least we won’t have to put up with a smirking video when the 10th anniversary of his best known atrocity comes around. Come to think of it, though, he hadn’t issued any major communiqués on any subject lately (making me wonder, some time ago, if he hadn’t actually died or been accidentally killed already), and the really hateful work of his group and his ideology was being carried out by a successor generation like his incomparably more ruthless clone in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. I find myself hoping that, like Zarqawi, bin Laden had a few moments at the end to realize who it was who had found him and to wonder who the traitor had been. Read More:http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/madman+ecame+coward/4715297/story.html
…But in the Arthurian legend, the hunt is more complex than just a game for the merry idle or those with brutish inclinations. The return of the hunters. Is the stalking and killing of Bin Laden a form of return to the King Arthurian hunt? The chase is a conquest, a quest for love, nobility, honor, identity and the satiation of unadulterated blood lust; and even death.The Huntsman has been portrayed as both a master of wisdom and art, of stealth and assurance, and at times, as simply a “sneaky bastard.” The Hunt itself precipitates adventure, heralds troubles and passions, and launches listeners and readers into a wild ride of run-hide-fight, and “the finding” at the end of it all.Not only is the Hunt the impetus for action, the Hunted often leads the chase, acting as a guide who perhaps at the expense of his life leads his pursuer to a new kingdom, a new life or a fresh trial.
The prey is lured, and is a lure.Here we see as well that death is not held exclusively for the prey. The hunter may find that he is successful, has routed and taken his prey, or the prey may turn hunter and take the life of his pursuer. The Hunter becomes the Hunted.
Entrapment, the stalking of a prey vs “coursing,” adds a devious and disquieting element to the story.In any event, the importance seems the avoidance of idleness. At times the hunt never ends, but perpetuates itself in a series of harrowing or maddening events that refuse to cease, even after death. And yet the Hun, the targeted assassination reaches halfway between courtliness and war, figuring as a moral and physical substitute for battle in times of peace. Is this hardworking huntsman is more like
o gain Paradise? This of course, implies exhaustion. But exhaustion is not the same as “idleness,” it is a legitimate need that demands a reward. As in the Hunt for the Grail in Arthurian literature, achieving the Grail or the hart is not so much point as the hunt itself, and the journey home for a taste of the “hunter’s repose.”
Was the killing of Bin Laden a matter of revenge or it was a matter of vengeance; A truncating of the minaret as in the Renoir painting above? The great 18th century lexicographer Samuel Johnson made the distinction: “Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.” ( kanfer)
The hunters are silhouetted sharply against the white snow, and they stand for fierceness. It seems thought, they haven’t been so successful – we see only one fox has been brought back, and their heads are bent as their dogs are, laboring through the snow. They are humble figures in relation to the vast, lively world before them. “Pieter Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow is a picture that tells us, Everything can be composed. Lines can be composed. The general direction of the picture is at a slant, or diagonal; the trees are assertively vertical; there are horizontal lines with the snow. Varying white shapes differ and coalesce. Houses, as volumes, mingle with snow as weight, and with space. Birds are diagonal, vertical, horizontal. The immediate in the picture mingles with a various middle ground, and a spacious, rising, misty background. Here is reality’s plenty caught hold of by Bruegel and arranged. In Bruegel’s composition, there are tenderness and mystery — corresponding somewhat to curved lines and straight lines. Composition and reality make for a pleasure from reality as the picture.”
- Eli Siegel, Art as Composition