This week’s report, in our year 2259 CE, sent to us from our future by Ranger Mayann, writing to us from Minbar, where she is stationed:
Greetings, from Tuzanor:
This day was one of darkness, and of light. Draal, formerly one of the Minbari religious caste, now travels out among the stars, guiding the Great Machine on Epsilon 3. From it, he hears much, including the doings of those on your Babylon station. In this set of incidents, Draal sent for Captain Sheridan and Delenn in order to put the vast power of that Machine at their disposal. He dismissed them when the cowardly attack on Narn by the Centauri began.
The Kha’Ri, in their desperation, had hoped to win one great battle, to hold a line against their night. Shamefully, the Centauri had acted in the most dishonorable fashion possible, with Londo Mollari playing the crucial role. Refusal to listen, on both sides, led to much pain. Yet, the possibility of hope remained.
Writing from Tuzanor, on Minbar
Earth year 2278,
I was moved to tears thrice in this one episode. First, watching the Centauri war crimes ala The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, then again, as G’Kar prays in vain, and then, finally, listening to his glorious words in Council chambers: “No tyrant…though it take a thousand years, we will be free.”
Such beauty, and such anguish. So needless. Like so much of human history, and human present day lives.
And then, the hope: those who “have sworn their lives, their fortunes, and their blood” (why not their “sacred honor” as in the rest of the original phrase??). This army of light will hold the line against the darkness “no matter the cost.”
Last Monday’s review was Divided Loyalties,
Next Minbari Monday will Come The Inquisitor…
Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.
I come in peace, I am your friend.
There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
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