RED AND WHITE IN DARKNESS
It was during the war against Iran in 1980 that Saddam Hussein
asked his war photographer and film director,
to film a whirl-wind bayonet charge
between a battalion of Iraqi soldiers against a company of Iranian soldiers —
Filming took place from the top of a helicopter.
The bayonet is the weapon for hand-to-hand fighting when troops are struggling corps a corps in the field —
instead of killing someone from two or three yards with a bullet,
a slight recoil in the soul
It is a fight in which personal courage collides with the reality of an enemy,
of a man who looks you in the eyes
while you pierce him with a blade.
Saddam Hussein belief was
a bayonet assault in the hands of braves,
was such a sublime action —
and probably he intended to make a piece of it to glorify the war and its glorious martyrs.
Unlike Leonidas’ troops,
both sides’ soldiers did not wear robes as red as blood, designed not to show
They fell to the ground one after another as the evening progressed,
the teeth and the eyeball so white.
The compassionate director who heroically resisted the war rhetoric of the moment,
he didn’t see some soldiers with different colored uniforms —
but only poor, young martyrs —
victims of still active propaganda.
Note: the story is inspired by an episode published by a late reporter in one of his articles—
which impressed me a lot.