A brosnachadh - Gaelic - (pronounced roughly brah-znuh-hug) is an incitement to battle. It is an ancient piece of music, a call to courage for warriors prior to battle. It was played on the harp as an accompaniment to the bard whose purpose was to take the men on an exploration of specific emotions in preparation for battle: the crith-gaisge, nervous excitement at gathering together for the battle, and the mir-cath, delight at the coming opportunity to attain valor and victory. The specific music from the harp likely aided the bard's memory as he recited the poem. This video tribute explores the timelessness of the brosnachadh as we consider its purpose in 2001 as America felt the need for a call to courage in the wake of the attacks on September 11. Produced by Eric Cathcart
A revealing quote to contemplate that appeared in an editorial from a state-run Iraqi newspaper SEVEN WEEKS BEFORE 9/11:
"In this man's heart (Osama bin Laden) you'll find an insistence, a strange determination that he will reach one day the tunnels of the White House and will bomb it with everything that is in it.....with the seriousness of the Bedouin of the desert about the way he will try to bomb the Pentagon after he destroys the White House....the revolutionary bin Laden is insisting very convincingly that he will strike America on the arm that is already hurting ('93 WTC Bombing?). That the man....will curse the memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his songs." (A reference to Sinatra's "New York, New York"?)
- From the Iraqi publication Al-Nasiriya: July 21, 2001 (Noted in the Wall Street Journal, "Saddam and the Next 9/11", 2/14/03)
[Mural found by U.S. soldiers in Iraq shortly after the 2003 invasion]
Israel, America and the West are going to lose the next battle with the East, but ultimately we will win the global struggle for truth, justice and liberty. How....I do not know. What I do know, though, is that God is on our side, contrary to the ungodly fiction the 'Old Enemy' is trying to author.
"Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth." - Mahatma Gandhi
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." [Ephesians 6:10-18]