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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The true reasons for the Iraq invasion?

Over the weekend I saw the documentary The God Who Wasn't There, not a bad movie, not a great one. It started out really well, but was too short and the ending seemed more cathardic for the filmmaker then relevant to the movie.

But it did bring up some interesting things, mainly through the interviews of christians. On in particular:

"101 Last Day Prophecies, just some of the things that are supposed to happen:

Literal Babylon, formerly called "Babel", would reemerge in the land of Shinar, The land of Shinar is known as modern day iraq, and Saddamn Hussien spent over 20 years rebuilding literal babylon. As a matter of fact he had Madonna come in and Christen it."


This prompted me to look up 101 Last Day Prophecies to see for myself. I just can't get around the coincidence of the "Land of Shinar" reference in the rapture, or the coincidence of key members of the bush administration being affiliated with the The Project for the New American Century, a group who had advocated rebuilding the middle east starting with Iraq.

So Iraq is mentioned in the rapture, and the architects for the war in Iraq belong to an organization that advocated just such an action...

Makes me think.

Resisting the urge to say "I told you so"

The loyalty to bush is amazing, it crosses from politics and into the realm of friendship. People generally LIKE george bush, but is that enough for him to be president?

As more and more evidence as to how incompetent the bush administration comes out, the more people will question their feelings about bush. Feelings are more dangerous then rational thoughts, because feelings are more personal and not governed by logic. I enjoy Enrique Iglesias' "Escape", for not explicable reason, I just think its catchy. In the same way I like "Escape" people like bush, and when pressed for a reason why they like him, they can't give you any real concrete ones. Well they can't give you concrete answers as to why they think bush would be a good president, mostly their answers are for why bush would be a good drinking buddy or church goer.

So as the veil of the emperors new clothes is revealed, the urge to say "I told you so" becomes more and more prominent. This, however, will do more harm then good.

Human beings do not like to be wrong, or admit to being wrong. Most people have the point of view that you are the asshole. You get cut off in traffic, you honk your horn, you're the asshole, not the person who didn't signal, or check to see if the way was clear.

So factor in that support of bush is the equivalent of a woman, on her cell phone, putting on makeup, cutting you off in traffic without signaling. Who's the asshole?

There is a culture war in this country, between the "elitists" and the "religious nuts", part of bush's election was a direct slap in the face from one side of the country who feels that the other side of the country looks down on them. This is evident by the use of the phrase "we won, get over it", as if voting for president of the united states is like voting for the greek guy on American Idol.

When dealing with this mentality it is so easy for the truth to backfire in your face. Unfortunately at this critical juncture in time, we neither have the time or the patience to deal with the learning curve, which just makes the situation worse.

Its a catch 22, the situation is not really open to nuance, the fine balance between reaffirming people's new found clarity all the while resisting the urge to say "I told you so", but its something that needs to happen.