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Friday, February 20, 2004
Advice to the Department of Defense's Information Ministers
The DOD ought to say, "We invaded Iraq to stop the threat posed Saddam. Everybody knows Saddam was a threat, or at least they ought to since, amazingly enough, you in the press didn't challenge that contention prior to the invasion. What we don't understand is your change of heart. Don't you still love us? The American people love us!"
UPDATE: And now for some odds and ends...
In a February 15 New York Times story on the evangelization efforts of Southern Baptists in New York City, David D. Kirpatrick writes:
...New York may also present the ultimate test of the Southern Baptists' evangelism. To many evangelical Christians and more than a few New Yorkers themselves, the city occupies a special place as something close to an American Babylon, perhaps the least Christian and most secular metropolis in the country. "I don't know if I thought of it as Sin City, but I knew it wasn't the closest place to God," Mr. Rourk said, diplomatically.I have no idea how anybody could reconcile a loving God with this eternal damnation. The concept of "free will" sounds nice, but why does God give a damn about it? Isn't it a bit odd that an all-powerful God would be bound by the constraints that humans face when dealing with other humans? (Of course, all of this just assumes that God has a good answer for, "why bother with creating anything?")
This past February 15 was the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in New Jersey, Chris Newmarker reports in a February 16 AP story.
"Jeremy Hinzman said he could barely stomach chanting 'kill we will' during basic training and, as a Quaker, he didn't want to shoot anybody. But it was the thought of serving U.S. interests in Iraq that made the 82nd Airborne Division specialist flee to Canada last month," Julia Oliver writes in yesterday's The Fayetteville Observer.
Why not ethnic cleansing for Iraq? It isn't like Uncle Sam cares what happens to those poor fucks or anything. "We only don't kill them all," Sam says, "because we are smart enough to know that would make us look bad."
In a Wednesday story, the AP writes:
The Bush administration is considering a major shift in its plan for transition to Iraqi self-rule, possibly extending and expanding the U.S.-appointed Governing Council so it can take temporary control of the country on July 1, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.LMDL (laughing my disgusted laugh) 4:51 p.m. 02/20/04