From Margaret Cho’s Blog:
This whole war is subtly shaded to be one between Islam and Christianity, but it isn’t. It is about oil and ownership, but since people cannot grasp the idea that their government might lie to them, that the people they might vote (or more likely let cheat their way) into office care far more about their own interests than the lives of American soldiers or Iraqi civilians, it is much easier to make it a holy war. God is the ultimate gauntlet to throw down, because no one questions it or gets specific with it. It is approached with apprehension, fear of argument, with a bowed head and offering in hand.
Yesterday while driving back from lunch, I happened to come across the Bill O’Reilly show (eeewww). A caller was saying that she thought Bush was an excellent leader and how he really cared about americans. I thought I had wandered into “Opposite-land” for a moment because I honestly couldn’t believe ANYone in their right mind could say that. I know we all have our opinions, and as noted in an earlier post, I respect your right to yours. But it just boggles my mind – I’m serious – BOGGLES MY MIND that anyone could think he is an excellent leader. He is many things, not all of them bad. In fact, I don’t think he (Bush) is the evil one in that group. A puppet, yes. OH YES. Evil? Not so much. Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft – they are the ones to be very afraid of.
Margaret hit it on the head (IMO, anyway) by saying this specifically:
“… but since people cannot grasp the idea that their government might lie to them, that the people they might vote (or more likely let cheat their way) into office care far more about their own interests than the lives of American soldiers or Iraqi civilians …”
I cannot explain why I feel so strongly about this. I just do. It’s like the guidance I get from the Universe (waves to AM and VY) – to question the “why” of it gets me nowhere. When something moves me as much as this has, I go with it.