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Reality Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Monday, May 07, 2006 1:27 AM

Another word or ten about President Bush agreeing with the sentiment that the actions of passengers aboard Flight 93 were our first, "... counter-attack in World War III."

Any time a world leader starts yelling war before I do, I get nervous. And, frankly, if I start yelling war, I'd like to think that there are saner, cooler heads in charge of things.

Instead, I'm sitting here trying to convince myself that the president has extant brain cells outside of his Rapture-glazed vision of Armageddon. That the God I was raised to respect and believe in is not hovering over Washington whispering, "Yeah. Bombing Iran is good. Push the button."

And I'm failing miserably.

The problem with the World War III comparison is that if you acknowledge this is the Big One, then our enemies have no reason to exercise restraint or diplomacy. The American president has decided it's war, after all, and he's previously declared America's intervention in the Middle East to be a crusade.


Not that Bush's replacement would be an improvement.

After excoriating Russia's record on human rights, Dick Cheney defended his harsh remarks by saying it was more important that Russian President Vladimir Putin, "... have open, honest, frank discussions about your views."

Right. We weren't really serious about our criticism, we're just picking on you so you'll be open and candid.

Incidentally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has released a point-by-point rebuttal of Cheney's criticisms.


And keeping with today's theme of folks who are off in their own little universes, Cardinal Francis Arinze is exhorting Christians to respond to the book and upcoming film of Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code with legal action.

Arinze describes both the film and the book which inspired it as an offense to Christ and the Church Christ founded. Arinze and fellow Cardinal Angelo Amato are just a Tom Cruise Moment away from being an embarassment.

But in denouncing the blasphemy that is DaVinci, Arinze says, "There are some other religions which if you insult their founder they will not be just talking. They will make it painfully clear to you."

In other words, he is giving a nod of approval to the Muslims who rioted in the wake of unflattering cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.

Lawsuits are not a form of worship.


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Brin - 2006-05-08 01:41:36
the Da Vinci Code response reminds me of that guy some years back was attempting to file a lawsuit against Satan for making him do terrible things. The Judge ruled that since the defendent did not reside in the country in which the lawsuit was filed, it was rendered null and void.