Jerry Falwell Dies, Middle East Continues to Boil, and Congress Outdoes Bush
USS John C. Stennis
Jerry Falwell is dead of a heart attack. God rest his soul. He was one of the more hate driven Fundamentalists, so I won’t mourn his passing. And he was instrumental in moving Fundamentalism into politics, something that did a disservice to both. Our forefathers were wise when they separated church and state, churches have no business in politics, and the results are often ugly when they do so get involved. Basically once a Church begins to dabble in politics, they are no longer a Church. They should stick to persuasion and preaching to get their message across, once they try to get their beliefs enshrined in secular law, they are little different than Muslims who want their religious law made the law of the land.
Both parties should take a lesson from the Jews in this regard. Jews have their own system of religious law…which only applies to Jews. And the only punishment they can mete out is being shunned by the Jewish community. When religious law is applied that way, everyone wins. And yes, then and now in many parts of the world Muslims and Christians have been able to do just that. Just too many damned extremists feeding off each other now for that to happen. Sigh.
Moving right along, Cheney threatened Iran from the deck of an aircraft carrier off their post. The canard about Iran developing nuclear weapons so they can “dominate” the region was once again trundled out. The US can’t even dominate downtown Baghdad with the thousands of nuclear missiles it has in its arsenal, so the idea that Iran is going to “dominate” the region if it builds a few crude nuclear weapons is ridiculous. It will act as a powerful deterrent to a US or Israeli attack, so one can certainly see why Iran might be inclined to build a bomb. Granted Iran is becoming much more influential in the region, but that’s because they are simply using common sense diplomacy combined with American folly. Iraq or part of Iraq may very well end up being allied with Iran, wouldn’t be the first country to slip out of America’s sphere on Bush’s watch.
Things are looking ugly in Pakistan. One of the US’s key totalitarian allies, they are having a lot of problem with border tribes and internal dissent from fundamentalists. I can’t really say what I want to happen there, but if Pakistan is convulsed with an Islamic revolution it’s not good for US plans. And any instability in Pakistan helps the resurgent Taliban. And the Taliban is doing quite nicely now, thank you. Plus Al-Qaeda has seized Americans and is holding them prisoner in Iraq. Great. I’m really having a hard time understanding how we are safer now?
I guess I feel like we’re in the calm before the storm when it comes to the Middle East. And when it comes to the world, all eyes are on the Middle east when it comes to storms. Going to be a fun summer, whoo boy. Meanwhile, Congress’s approval rating has fallen to 29%, while Bush is holding steady at 33%. Both are lower than last year’s average rating. And if that doesn’t neatly sum up the state of the union, I don’t know what does.
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