Sunday, September 12, 2004

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
First, this story from an antiwar, libertarian writer:

Hate and delusion have the bit in their teeth

Delusion has such a powerful hold on the Bush administration that despite being stalemated in Iraq, high ranking administration officials are agitating to invade Iran and Syria.

No such undertaking is conceivable without reinstating the military draft. It would mean generalized war in the Middle East and, likely, a world war.

What has become of the bravery that John Kerry demonstrated in Vietnam? If Kerry fails in his duty to force a debate on real issues, Americans will reelect an administration that will squander our treasure and the blood of our sons in the Middle East.

The conservative movement in America is dead. There is no conservatism in Bush's budget and trade deficits, none in his domestic policies, and none in his diplomacy. There is no longer a conservative press; only a Jacobin one.

Hate and delusion have the bit in their teeth
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LP: Indeed they have.

LP: And here is an instance of such hate, manifested by the Nobel prize-winnng writer V.S. Naipaul .... whose prior work has been sober and thoughtful. Now, he seems to have caught Spiritual Bird Flu (highly pathogenic strain):

Destroy countries inciting jihad: Sir Vidia Naipaul
LP: The epidemic spread of hatred is not restricted to one political party or another, nor to specific countries. The hate and fear are rising, everywhere.

My commentary on this - a graf from my forthcoming book False Dawn:

Such vituperation - and the attitude toward enemies that it manifests - will not bring victory for the cause of Christ. Instead, those who engage in it are fulfilling an apocalyptic prophecy of Christ: "And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold." (Mt. 24:12). They are also acting as predicted in the Didache: "the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love shall change to hate. For as lawlessness increaseth they shall hate one another and persecute and betray." [End.]

But even Sir Vidia agrees with us, 'Well, clearly Iraq is not the place to have gone'.

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