Sunday, February 18, 2007

The war goes on

I told you so. Back in 2003 I warned everyone through my congregation's monthly publication that we had attacked a country that had done nothing to us, for reasons that were far from clear. Within a couple of months the perpetrators of this aggression had already changed their ostensible reasons for going to war. I am not blaming the troops. But I could never counsel any young person to join the military as things stand now.
So where can we go?
If we must "build a nation," the cheapest way out now is to build three. The southern one can become part of Iran. The other two should be independent states, the Kurdish state and the Baghdad state. Alas, the latter has no oil. But then neither does Spain, or Bulgaria, or Switzerland. Oil isn't the answer to everything.
Neither is democracy. In Muslim countries, democracy is simply a bit of sophistry, a ploy to "legitimize" the hierocracy which always follows. Not that democracy worked that well here when we had it. The first American Republic came crashing down in the War for Southern Independence. The second was slowly eroded away by foreign entanglements and Imperialistic adventuring such as Wilson's opportunistic intervention in the Europen war, just three years after he had his battleships bombard Vera Cruz. That republic was finally destroyed by the Great Depression, and replaced with an authoritarian regime organized around income tax. It still holds elaborate rituals called "elections," to give the appearance of democracy.
Am I a cynic? Not really. You have to admit there is some personal satisfaction in saying "I told you so," but I am not a cynic. I believe that the returning Christ will solve all of our problems.
Who could put any confidence in mankind? That is nothing more than putting confidence in sinners, and thus in the devil.
But the end will come. Forsan et haec olim meminisse ivabit.


At 8:31 AM, Blogger Scott said...

This is an excellent post, Pastor! Thanks!

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Scott said...

I forgot to ask what's the Latin?

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Bernadette said...

Virgil's Aeneid!

History would be grim, indeed, without the promised, glorious return of our Saviour.

Blessed Shrovetide!

At 6:09 PM, Blogger chaplain7904 said...

Magister, I go back and forth on the question of whether we should have gone to Iraq or not.

Much good has come of it. We've put all other aggressors on notice. We've gathered vital intelligence. We've seriously downgraded the abilities of the enemy by klling many thousands of Muslim terrorists. Killers who would just as happily have traveled to Cleveland to fight, as to Iraq.

But this ruse of freeing the Iraqi people, and bringing democracy to them, wearies me. Such a quest is none of our business. If we wanted to take out Sadaam because he was a threat (to which even Hillary Clinton agreed after conducting her own fact finding mission apart from the President's) then we should have done that with smart and large bombs, and come home.

One thing's for sure. You can't fight a war without a courageous populous, and brave leadership. We have little of the former and none of the latter.

All your other points are most sapid.


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