Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Facing the Truth

Molly Ivins essay on "Don't Blame Newsweek" makes way too much sense for many Americans. She concludes:
So where does all this leave us? With a story that is not only true, but previously reported numerous times. So let's drop the "Lynch Newsweek" bull. Seventeen people have died in these riots. They didn't die because of anything Newsweek did -- the riots were caused by what our government has done.

As evidence mounts that our government is employing lies, abuse and torture, many Americans seem to lack the fortitude necessary to face the truth.

At this point, bystanders can no longer deny that they are empowering the perpetrators.

13 comments:

greg said...

What's your take on this, Bruce? Do you think the military really did it and is now killing the story because of the fallout? I hate to seem too cynical, but that seems really likely to me.

Anonymous said...

Bruce, It seems that everything in this country is rotten to you. Maybe it is time for you to make a move to one of those good ole other lands you love to defend. You are soured on the world. Get Happy!

Monk-in-Training said...

The Horror is most people won't even try to discover the truth of the matter, they will only belive what Fox tells them (they should investigate, Acts 17:11).

Justice, respect for the captive enemy, being converted by true Christian Morals would have prevented this whole nightmare in the first place, because President Bush would never have stripped these captives of their Geneva convention rights. Funny how degrading others comes back to bite us. What was that about Pride going before a fall...?

Monk-in-Training said...

Greg,

Yes

The Hebrew scriptures where full of justice for the alien and slave, funny that this great Christian Republic doesn't seem to read that part...

Snoofy said...

Certainly any matter that leads to people dying is a very serious thing. Still, I'm dumbfounded that the means of torture employed would ever work. Flushing a Koran down the toilet?

TammyJo58 said...

Hi!

It is apparent that Muslims hold their Koran in much higher esteem than many Christians hold the Word of God. By "Word of God" I don't mean the physical bible, but the principals contained inside.

My take of those Christians who rely on Fox exclusively for their news - these are the Christians with the "itching ears."

God Bless,
TammyJo58

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Greg,

I do think the outrage at Newsweek is a diversionary tactic.

Greek Shadow said...

When in doubt, shoot the messenger. This time Bush gets to kill two birds with one stone. He gets to hide the truth and label the news media as being liberal and irresponsible.

Anonymous said...

I'm having trouble here...Newsweek reports a totally fraudulent story and it's the government's fault? You really have drunk the cool-aid, haven't you, Bruce?

greg said...

Anonymous (and I'm pretty sure you're Bubba or someone much like him),

The point is some of us don't necessarily believe the story is completely fraudulent. Before you work yourself into a lather over that bit of information, just say Abu Ghraib three or four times to remind yourself what despicable shits Americans can be sometimes.

Anonymous said...

greg, While you are so willing to believe every negative thing that the msm puts out concerning our great Nation, could you take a little time to think on the good things that our military men have done in Irag. A tyrant that murdered or had murdered many of his own people is behind bars, women have voted, schools and hospitals upgraded and lots of positive things that you have to overlook in order to be so negative. If some of you have your way, you may get to live under some of those conditions due to the underhanded maligning that media and liberals are doing. There is so much to be thankful for in this nation and all I read on this site is "pick", "pick". The denominations name should not even be associated with this political site.

greg said...

Anonymous,

I'm pretty sure we've killed as many innocent Iraqis in the past two years as Saddam did in any two-year period in his regime.

The only great Nation (and why is that capitalized?) I care about is the kingdom of God. All other nations are secondary. Primary loyalty is to the kingdom. Historically, the anabaptists understood that. It's a pity that many Baptists have forgotten their heritage.

Anonymous said...

greg, If the only kingdom you care about is the kingdom of God, why then are you infatuated with this site that wants Christians to stay within the church, shut up and keep to themselves?