Saturday, April 19, 2003

Famous lost words
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. - George Washington

Fact of the day
One of the co-founders of the Baath party in the mid-1900s was Michel Aflaq, a Greek Orthodox Christian (probably of the patriarchate of Antioch), who shared the radical notion that the Arab countries such as Iraq should control their own resources and not the British and the French.

As tomorrow is Easter for Roman Catholics and also inexplicably for the externally otherwise completely Orthodox Russian Catholics in New York (Orthodox Pascha is a week later this year - tomorrow is Вербное Воскресенье, Palm Sunday, in the Orthodox Church), here is something from blog reader Dave McLaughlin, who is one of the latter. Happy Easter/Христосъ воскресе!

Fr Aleksandr Men on Pascha
"When we open the Bible and read of those radiant days when the Lord appeared
after his Resurrection, let us reflect on something important which it is
possible to not notice: He appeared to many people but to each of them in a
different way. To the weeping Mary Magdalene, alone by the garden tomb;
antother time it was to Peter confused and troubled. Later to the disciples
on the lake, It is John who senses the Lord's presence in his heart and
recognizes him and Peter who plunges into the lake and swims to him. Then to
Saul who persectured the early Christians and became the Apostle Paul.

This continues also today, the Lord though unseen manifests himself
perceptably to each of us. Any one of us who has sensed even for a moment the
presence of another world ,has had an encounter with the risen Christ. He
comes to everyone knocking at the door of their heart and finding his own
words right for each one of us. Our task is to listen and respond for the
Lord has come to save, revive and change the life of each of us, uniquely and personally.
So on Easter as we return to our homes, let us each take that joy with us,
knowing that the Lord has risen for precisely me and manifests himself also to me.
He speaks to me and will remain always with me, my Lord, my savior and my God! "
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This from Fr Aleksandr and also the final words of his final lecture, the night
before his death...

"The victory which began Easter morning will continue until the end of the
world!"

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Lee Penn
(who is Russian Catholic and follows the Orthodox paschalion)
Computer joke about the mess in Iraq
Error message and menu for our times

These Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be displayed

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The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country
might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your
weapons inspectors mandate.

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Please try the following:

a. Click the Regime change button, or try again later.

b. If you are George Bush and typed the country's name in the address
bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly. (IRAQ).

c. To check your weapons inspector settings, click the UN menu, and
then click Weapons Inspector Options. On the Security Council tab, click
Consensus. The settings should match those provided by your government or NATO.
d. If the Security Council has enabled it, The United States of America
can examine your country and automatically discover Weapons of Mass Destruction.
If you would like to use the CIA to try and discover them, click Detect weapons
e. Some countries require 128 thousand troops to liberate them. Click
the Panic menu and then click About US foreign policy to determine what regime
they will install.
f. If you are an Old European Country trying to protect your interests,
make sure your options are left wide open as long as possible. Click the Tools
menu, and then click on League of Nations. On the Advanced tab, scroll to the
Head in the Sand section and check settings for your exports to Iraq.
g. Click the Bomb button if you are Donald Rumsfeld.

Cannot find weapons or CIA Error
Iraqi Explorer
A.R.Cox 2003

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