> It has been a tradition on this list, when World events dictate, to take
> moment away from our usual discussions of TSE and, instead, note the
While it may be entirely appropriate for world events to be _noted_ on the
list, I would like to issue a pre-emptive call for restraint in the face of
a world event in the making. The last few years have shown that tensions in
the Middle East had the potential to inflame passions on the list. Exchanges
on that topic have invariably been more hurtful than informative. If/When
war breaks out in the Gulf, I hope we will all remember that this forum
exists primarily to discuss the life and work of TS Eliot.
This is not a call to keep on fiddling while Rome burns. It is simply a
reminder that, if people want to comment at length on international
politics, they can probably find more appropriate forums elsewhere. If
listmembers feel that discussions of poetry are absurd in the face of war,
they can simply stop posting to the list for as long as they think fit.
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