Saturday, August 12, 2006

Zadok The Warrior and/or The Priest

As we are getting (not!) used to the images of the war in the Middle East, this video creates the sense of absurdity of wars by emphasizing the perspective of the winning side. No dead or massacred bodies, no ruined houses, no crying mothers. This video is powerful b/c it fully exaggerates the portrayal of war as a spectacle of power and technology. Like in first-person shooter video games we are removed from the perspective of the victim. This effect is further enhanced by the soundtrack. Images of explosions and destruction are remixed with the music from Handel’s “Zadok The Priest And All The People Rejoiced “, which is a part of his “Coronation Anthems”. As a result there is no compassion for the victims, but only a pure “rejoicing” and celebration of self-efficacy when getting the target.
The author denies references to the current war in Lebanon and Israel. Yet those are rather obvious. In Hebrew “Zadok“ means “righteous”. Zadok was the name of several characters who lived in biblical times, but is mainly associated with an individual who served as a high priest during King David's and King Solomon’s reigns.
The reference to the biblical times underlines the eternity of wars. The author concludes with a quote from Plato -- “Only the dead have seen the end of the war”. Grimly I am signing out this post -- war was today again a widely discussed topic on YouTube”. I am quite certain today is not the last time.