I recently encountered a quote attributed to Richard M. Nixon that strikes me as surprisingly true: "Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back; and then you destroy yourself." I think we are witnessing the unfolding of this in the world today.
Just what does the U.S. administration think it is accomplishing with the ongoing slaughter in Iraq? Bringing the gift of democracy and freedom? Gifts are not shoved down another's throat, and democracy and freedom are built from the ground up out of sincere and intense desire for them, not pounded in place by outsiders.
Are we showing Iraq the blessed high road of a Christian nation? Just how "Christian" is it to unleash hell upon a people because they are not like us and because they happen to sit upon a valuable resource that we would like to control? If the outcome of the recent election was a result of voting the "moral" issues, I weep at the level to which morality has sunk in this country.
There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq except our own. Saddam is out of power. And yet we are now talking about another five to 10 years of U.S. military domination in that country - for what? Early in my son's military training, he spoke to me of a classroom presentation that included a map of U.S. military involvement around the globe, saying, "Mom, it's a map of oil."
Oil it is now, it has been, and it will continue to be. And that translates to the upkeep of the style of life we have grown comfortably accustomed to. Many around the world are envious of this, but for some, that has turned to hatred and they have begun to lash out at us. And we have struck back in kind. Now we are destroying ourselves, because we are all connected in this.
Mr. Nixon was remarkably wise in his statement, and we are experiencing the sadness in the truth of which he spoke. Life by precious life, we are destroying ourselves.