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In addition, whatever the result of this tragedy, we feel that our leadership has set a dangerous precedent for solving conflicts and has demonstrated a considerable change in the American value system they campaigned so hardly to defend. And, to use the name of God, and site the cause of peace in conjunction with any war becomes not only hypocrisy, but boarder’s blasphemy. These men who claim to base their decisions after prayerful and religious deliberation serve neither the Creative Force nor do they represent the teachings of those they claim to follow. Our American values of justice, tolerance, innocence until PROVEN guilty, and restraint have been replaced with injustice, intolerance, guilt without proof, and aggression.
The sad thing
is so many of the American people have bought into the rhetoric of our
leaders. They cry out weapons of mass
destruction, but have offered not one iota of proof to support that claim. They site Sadam as
a threat to the
theological argument one looks at, there is no moral justification for this
aggression. Inspections were not going
great but they were progressing and nothing was found to justify any great
Absolutist’s are dangerous people even in a democracy. To suggest that we made an effort to get world support for our cause is a joke. We were inflexible in our position from the beginning, suggesting that those who disagreed with our assessment were irresponsible, unpatriotic, had only their self interest in mind, and mocked countries that stood their ground on principle. Our president focused on this single obsession while the world became a much more dangerous place, our economy suffered and many here at home are losing their jobs. The administration pursued their course of action even if it risked the stability and cooperation of world powers. The national debt grows, educational and social programs suffer, while we show our so-called superiority to a third world nation! The bombs get bigger, the military becomes mightier, while the genuine needs of the American people are ignored. Our aged have to choose between food and drugs, millions are added to the roles of having no health care, many are losing jobs, retirement programs are in jeopardy, we risk the future of our young by building a trillion dollar deficit, freedoms are being undermined, and people in our armed forces are put at risk based upon the words alone of our president; and we the people seem to support this leadership.
The terror of 9-11 has become even more tragic as politicians have exploited the fears of our people for their own selfish agenda. Our fears have turned to paranoia allowing our leaders to pursue a dark agenda of aggression, violation of basic constitutional rights, religious intolerance, and self serving legislation --- this, from an administration that did not receive the popular vote of the people. One has to question where “evil” really lies?
Our only hope now is that this conflict ends quickly with a minimum loss of life and suffering even though that will make this poor excuse for a leader look like a hero. We pray that people will learn from this tragedy and seek the “change of heart” that Jesus meant when talking about repentance. Leadership is in peace; not in war. Victory is in the enrichment of life; not the destruction of it. Hope is in love and the ability to reach out to one another; not in hatred, revenge, or self righteous judgments. We pray our people will demand leadership that truly represents the values of equality, justice, peace, and tolerance. The cause of freedom cannot be served by war, but rather by the example of what freedom can offer if exercised responsibly, openly and with respect for all those under its umbrella. In the end, all we can pray for is that God in His/Her wisdom balances this human folly of war and allows some good to come forth.
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