A lot of the time, I have a real problem with blogging. The temptation is too great to spout off a quick rant without sitting down to think about what I really mean to say. Then, when I get around to saying it, someone (or more likely a dozen someones) have already beaten me to it. Of course, just to rub salt into the wound, they have the audacity to write more eloquently than I. Bastidges.
In response to my recent off-the-cuff reaction to the Iraqis’ official note of joy and wonder at how cool God is to blow up an evil American space shuttle (mainly, of course, because it was carrying an evil Israeli astronaut), wKen had this to say:
According to Congressman Lindsey Graham, god is evidently a Republican, because he said recently, “George W. Bush’s election by 1,000 votes was an act of miraculous Divine intervention the real magnitude of which we are only realizing a year later. Heaven help us had God not intervened on our behalf!”
Everyone thinks god is on their side, and I don’t see any difference in the statements from Iraq than I do in our nation or others believing god helped kill thousand of enemies in various battles.
I think Lincoln said it best in his second inauguaral address when he pointed out that neither the North nor South escaped hardship and tragedy in the Civil War. “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other… The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes.”
People should stop using god to justify their own hatred, regardless of who they hate, or why.
The problem is that the gut speaks louder than the head sometimes. The head tells me that the impending attack on Iraq is unjustified for a hundred different reasons. But as I sat and mourned the loss of seven brave men and women who were doing their part to further mankind’s progress, the despicable joy of the Iraqis was too much to take. Even the Palestinians didn’t go that far.
There is no justification for taking glory in the deaths of others. Even in the case of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, dancing in the streets and praising God for His glorious help in their righteous destruction would be wrong. And, though some individuals would take that road, I believe that our nation (and the civilized world to which it belongs) would not.
I do not doubt for a second that, even with all the might of a superpower poised to attack them, and with our own sanctions causing just as much pain, if Iraq were to suffer an earthquake or some other natural disaster tomorrow, the West would come immediately to their aid. And we would be the first in line.
Natural disaster or destruction at our hand, I’m not doubting that there will be dancing in the streets or that some idiot will say it is God’s justice, but our government won’t officially proclaim that God wanted to show Iraq the error of its ways.
At least, I hope the hell not.