Reaping the Whirlwind

I am interested in a metaphor that is doing the rounds at the moment. Clare Short has said that Tony Blair is now reaping the whirlwind. This is in relation to the terrorist attacks that seem to have become more likely since the war in Iraq.

The metaphor comes from the Bible (Hosea 8:7) and is o­ne of the most potent therein – almost as dramatic as the souls of the righteous running like sparks through the stubble. Whenever I hear it, it makes me think. The full version is to the effect that if you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind. Extraordinary that a denunciation of Israel should be used in this way politically now. Of course, it is not modern Israel which is being denounced by the prophet, but the people of the land who had turned away from the path the prophet thought was best for them. The language of the rest of the passage is reminiscent of Al Q'aida.

I preach using metaphors, not stories mostly. Not fashionable. Potent though.

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