I will post previous private scribblings of mine on this vehicle.
Scribblings from antebellum 2003:
War is not pleasant and the families of soldiers who are sent to fight are anxious. This is true. But, the U.S. has a volunteer service that has been sent by one individual alone and his rationale is not the defense of America.
"Support our troops" has become a pre-emptive euphemism and cover to support the war unflinchingly and unthinkingly. The actual combat time that the invasion forces will experience will most likely be too short for sentiments from the homefront to affect or even to reach them.
The world has become more troubled. Opinion here has become stifled. Speaking outside of like minded people if you are on one side of the matter is risky. If you are on the other side you are very free to speak, basically because you don't have to think.
if my notes are correct, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B Jon 3:1-5, 10 19 January 2003
Michelangelo Buonarroti. Prophet Jonah c. 1510. Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica.
Today in the old testament lesson a reluctant and xenophobic Jonah went to warn Nineveh to repent or be destroyed. Nineveh was saved. Today Nineveh is Mosul, Iraq. Bush junior is no prophet crying for justice, but a fortunate son of little ability who fraudulently bumbled into a de facto coup d'état and enjoys an overwhelming sense of entitlement, an arrogant entitlement with the façade of an academic degree that is a mere cover for the privileged voracity of mercenary capitalism -- the 1980s wunder product -- the mba.
Gustave Dore. Jonah Telling of Nineveh's Coming Vanquishment c. 1866.