Helen of Troy, I just learned, hatched from an
egg. (A new biography, Helen
Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore by Bettany
Hughes was reviewed in the New York Times on
December 4, 2005.) Is her
birdlike birth the cause of her world-stirring
beauty? And if Helen lived today, would
wars be fought for her? Would Dick Cheney put
hundreds of thousands of soldiers into
play, supported by artillery, new
computerized weaponry, Intelligence
agents, cooks, barracks, "air support," guns, tents,
— all to retrieve one radiant woman?
(The anti-war slogan: "No Blood for Helen!")
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