Anyway, I am just ashamed today, ashamed at how our President now says we may stay in Iraq until 2009.
You know what that's saying? That's saying, "Yes, I know I messed things up big time in Iraq, but why do I have to clean up? That's John McCain's responsibility, not mine!". He KNOWS things are looking grim down there, he KNOWS the country is on the precipice of a civil war, yet he reiterates the same lame excuses for the invasion, and even has the temerity to laugh when asked a question about the war.
On principle alone, I've believed we've lost this war from the beginning, for I believe in what Thomas Mann said, "War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." I believe war is the greatest plague of humanity, which only afflicts and destroys faiths and families. Beyond my anti-war beliefs, I believe it's plain to see there's no plan for victory down there, after all the purple finger waving the violence continues, there are still death squad members in the interior ministry down there who keep perpetuating these innocent slaughters, the number of able Iraq military units can't control the sectarian violence down there, much of the money in redeveloping the country has fallen into the hands of those who literally play baseball with $100 bill bricks of it, there's more terrorist camps speckling the countryside.....I'd say if one important thing has been gained from this invasion, it's that the citizens now have freedom of expression; something that could have been done without all-out war that has cost tens of thousands of needless deaths.
Again, as I've said before, I can forgive anyone who initially supported the war in Iraq, and though I'm opposed to all war, thus was opposed to this one from the beginning, every American would truly like to put all our trust into the president and be assured and re-assured that there is nothing but the best intentions in protecting this country, and OF COURSE you went and supported the president. OF COURSE you trusted that he was doing nothing but getting to the source of those who caused the chaos of 9/11. Sadly, our president has exploited 9/11 tirelessly, he has exploited that very trust of millions of Americans.
There is always room in a faithful heart to forgive anyone in time. There's room for me to forgive this president. But the bottom line is, forgiveness is a natural process, and in order for forgiveness to be genuine and pure, the one yearning for forgiveness must understand the truths to forgiveness.
First of all, forgiveness is not forgetting. You musn't let the experiences dwell on the future, nonetheless you must understand what it is you're asking forgiveness for and seek resolve. Bush must take responsibility for the wrongs of hthis invasion and admit these faults, and make right of it without any further procrastination, denial or incompetence.
Secondly, forgiveness isn't avoidance. It should always be about revival. Forgiveness is designed to restore whatever relationship or harmony that was afflicted, and that is exactly what makes forgiveness such a powerful thing. He, among other administration officials, continue using this same polarizing "Either you're with us or against us!" rhetoric, the "those that oppose the war are advocating a cause that appeases terrorists and makes the U.S weaker" mindset. I feel he doesn't deserve forgiveness until he works to unite this country again rather than resorting to the same war politics.
Finally, forgiveness does not come wrapped in excuses. Denial and the lack of closure for where we've wronged only subtracts our dignity as humans, for it is taking responsibility that is the learning experience that help us grow into better, more appreciative people. Bush just doesn't seem to want to take responsibility for anything right now, and until he does, there's just no substance, no dignity, to the forgiveness process.
The golden truth and dogmatic aim of forgiveness is the ability to observe ourselves and others more compassionately, to make wiser, and more conscious choices with respect to any unsatisfying emotional and belief patterns. Forgiveness is valuable because it helps us balance the energies of both love and will in our hearts, and use both of these lifeforces with greater skill, to become both nurturing and strong at the same time. And, finally, forgiveness grants us the gift of making better contact with their Higher Self, the very source of love, strength, wisdom and creativity within each of us, which is the intrinsic motivation to increase the ability to love unconditionally both self and others.
As a Christian, I pray that he can understand what is wrong here and I pray for him as well. But I have no sympathy for him now, when he's literally endangering the lives of our young men and women in uniform, leaving them alienated and fighting often just to stay alive, without providing them any feeling of achievement or closure in their mission, and in the process stretching our own security forces thinner and thinner by the week. This saddens my heart deeply, and I feel Bush just doesn't get what's happening, he's oblivious.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"