Thursday, September 08, 2005

Where Vengeance Holds Sway, Timidity Rules

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".

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