However, such was not to be the case for our president as he chose not to travel the path of peace, but rather a way traversed by men determined to mete out justice according to an eye-for-an-eye, clenched-fist law of lex talionis, one that led a world of onlookers to condemn what turned out to be a shameful display of "shock and awe," a merciless attack (by the greatest military power the world has ever seen) upon a country of folks preveniently bombed into a near stone-age existence, proving our country to be that of a true bully, one motivated by national glory and corporate greed, all in order to prove to the world who the boss really is, who it is that shall have "the last say." However, as it turns out, having "the last say" depends not so much upon who is able to throw the final punch, but rather who it is that is most wise, who is able to impel folks to be a friend of he who happens to be crowned as victor.
Almost as if the world had been caught short in some sort of sleeping (counting its peace dividend) slumber, 9/11 pounced upon the body-politik as if slapped in the face. Everyone, except for those of Al-Qaeda (and a complement of heedlessly, inattentive Bush administration officials), was shocked, stricken to the core of their being, put on notice that the world had been irrevocably changed, modified to such an extent that nothing would ever be the same, that a new world order would from this point on be required. If only the Bush administration had done its homework. If only they had been prepared. If only George Walker Bush had been, as he had so routinely claimed to be, that of a true Christian, a resolute, born-again believing follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, the world may have been spared the unfathomable travesty of a "nation of believers" driven insane by an uncontrollable urge to kill in the name of an all-loving (yet, no doubt, rather ill-tempered) God.
If only George Walker Bush had taken the time to read the same Bible as that of the Amish, a simple pastoral community wanting to carry out the merciful requests of a loving God, a people who took to heart the words of one who so clearly taught that the wisdom of the world is no more than mere foolishness to God, that the urge to take revenge upon those who might choose to hurt another is nothing short of folly, that the decision to strike back is like pouring kerosene on a lighted fire, a catalyst that transforms enmity to into a certain desire to kill.
And all of such while having pretended to be a noble, Christ-centered, nation, aided and abetted by a sanctimonious undercurrent of jack-booted, xenophobic apologists having marched their way into the bloodstained jaws of empire, we will one day be taken to task, forced, by all of humanity, to take responsibility for having allowed ourselves to have become a venerable "den of thieves," a nation condemned for having led the world into an apocalypse of horrors, an astonishingly brutal abolition of the world..... as we now know it.
Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.
October 11, 2006