Quickie little fortune cookie thought, inspired by all of the ineptitude that doomed New Orleans and the desperate casting of blame afterwards: Isn't it the case that in our modern, "sic the lawyers and the press on 'em" society, that people in authority tend to be afraid of making a move, even if it's required, and even if it's right? And isn't it the case that we are a litigious society for the precise reason that vengeance is a primary motivator in our hearts?
"Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord", is not so much a phrase indicating that God is a vengeful God. The emphasis should be: "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord, [not yours]". If vengeance is required let God handle it. It's too much for man and only harms him.
Am I being inconsistent when I say this because I support the Iraq War, which, to paraphrase Bill Whittle in his most recent essay, is not "Bush's War", but "Bush's and Matteo's War"? I don't think so. What we're doing in Iraq is trying to reform the Middle East in such a way as to prevent some serious "turn Islam into a sea of glass" vengeance...So perhaps the converse also holds: "Where Timidity Holds Sway, Vengeance Will Eventually Rule".