We are living through perhaps the darkest period in American history so far. Our president has made it clear to all Americans & the world that he somehow inherited the extrajudicial authority to assassinate anyone he decides needs to be assassinated. That isn't really news to most of us because the CIA, NSA & miscellaneous other bloody spooks have been doing that for a long time. But Bush II was the first president to so brazenly say to us that he would kill anyone he, as the "decider," decided needed killing. No warrants, no tacit or statute based permission from Congress, no declaration of war, just that vague & devious authorization that whatever Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice & the rest of that bucket of snakes that was Bush II's administration decided the president needed to do was going to be done.
How could they do this? American presidents don't order clandestine executions. Isn't
So, how can they do this? They can do it because we have a morally inert Congress & the American people let them do it.
Bush II predicted that Barack Obama as president would follow his example in this & he was right. He has. During his election campaign he promised he would hold criminals, even the criminals at the highest levels of our government, accountable. None of the war criminals in President Bush II's regime have been held accountable by President Obama. There have been no trials. There are no trials scheduled. There will be no trials.
Christian Republicans simply say there were no crimes. Period. They tell us that not only do American presidents not have to be concerned about "quaint" laws like the
When an American president decides to kill someone, every American man, woman & child in this country shares the guilt of that murder. It's called tyranny. The way it works is you either endorse it & participate in it or you become a victim of it. As Bush II made very clear- you are either with us, or you are against us.
A fundamental principle of our constitution is that every human being on this earth has a right to live free of the fear of being murdered by an American president. Whether Americans like it or not & no matter what our presidents tell us, we don't have the right to wander the world killing people because they have something we want & we have the power to take it.
Americans of faith need to come to terms with the crimes committed in their name. It doesn't matter whether your Aunt Polly, Pat Robertson or Phoolan Devi tells you it's OK. It isn't. No American can claim to be devoted to God's law & support the barren evils of our current policies. Would Jesus or Mohammed use a drone to kill women & children in
So far, Americans support this unprecedented belligerence. So far, there is no meaningful evidence that Americans are troubled by any of this. Obama has made it very clear he intends to continue the killings. The question isn't whether