Poem by Mikhail Lermontov (1841)

In Daghestan, no cloud its hot sun cloaking,

A bullet in my side, I lay without
Movement or sound, my wound still fresh and smoking
And drop by drop my lifeblood trickling out.

Stretched on the sand I lay, and darkly round me

The jutting hills hung motionless. ...Upon
Their tops the sun poured full; its bright rays found me
And burnt me too - but I slept soundly on.

I dreamed about my homeland and a merry

And glittering feast where all was noise and glee
And where young wives, flower-garlanded, in airy
And lightsome talk indulged, and spoke of me.

But there was one who sat there pensive, buried

In thought remote: alone she waxed not gay.
By sorrowful dreams her youthful soul was carried,
Why, only Heaven knew, far, far away.

'Twas Daghestan's bright vale that she did dream of -

A man lay there whom she had known of old.
A black wound in his side gaped and a stream of
Blood from it came that, slowing, fast turned cold.

                The American led 21st century colonial-like grab of Afghanistan is an unheroic catastrophe for young
                soldiers and Afghanies.Lermontov's 1841 poem describes the end of a boy. We know he is young
                because Lermontov describes 'her youthful soul's... sorrowful dream'.

A book will be published later in 2010 called "LAND GRABS".

It is issued here online, chapter by chapter.
It is a history of twelve country grabs by colonial powers during the previous two centuries.


  1. Rome
  2. Rwanda
  3. Venezuela
  4. New Zealand
  5. Kenya
  6. Iraq
  1. Fiji
  2. Brazil
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Bolivia
  5. British Guiana
  6. China

       13. Algeria - the Islam dimension

LAND GRABS explains why so called "regime change" is so important to US and UK interests. Regime change is about resource grabs. Resource grabs during the past two centuries have always been hugely destructive of the target country, both with respect to government and economic development. By a cruel mix of force and unjust resource contracts countries like those described in the book have had exploitation, corruption and poverty ingrained in the fabric of their society. It may be wishful hoping but, perhaps, the resource rich Russia and the resource hungry China will bring great fairness into resource exploitation. In this respect they could help third-world countries escape from the West's previous, and still current, "resource curse".


Inspecting warriors after military operaton