week George Bush wrote to Mr. Hussein:
“Your country,” the letter runs, “will pay a terrible price if you order unconscionable acts.”
Bush in a letter to Saddam Hussein , Prime Suspect, The Economist, 10-18-2001 (Shortly after the first anthrax attacks.) (Photo credit The Enconomist)
After 9-11-2001 several evangelical preachers claimed it to be God's judgment on our wickedness. These preachers were roundly criticized.
I don't know why.
It is a difficult thing to believe
in God. Is it so much more difficult for you to believe in a wrathful or vengeful God? Indeed the vengeful God predates the
merciful one which is now so popular, and this suggests that the former wrathful God was dreamed up first precisely because
it is easier to imagine. The first Gods were animal, wholly other than man. Their cruelty was not man's cruelty but nature's.
Early man trembled in his alienation. The development of God can be seen as stages of mental development and a lessening alienation.
child is told the story of Noah. The plot is God's destruction of all mankind is it not? Had you forgotten that part of the
story? You tell this to your children but you do not yourselves understand it? Can you imagine a people so wicked that total
destruction is a just punishment?
9-11 I recognized how complete was my own alienation from this society. Everyone else looked at the terrorists in anger. I
accepted them as a given. I focused my attention on those who allowed the air liners to be taken over and flown into the buildings.
Ms. Rice, the President's National Security Adviser, was heard to say "No one could have foreseen . . ."
wrong. Many foresaw. I recall that, thirty years ago, there were specific recommendations that the cockpit doors should not
be opened precisely because of the danger the hijackers would fly the planes into office blocks. And I recall that the Air
Line Pilots Association specifically rejected these recommendations because "Our lives are on the line." Yes, and how about
the people in the WTC, were their lives not on the line?
the event, months later, I was still hearing the entertainment conservatives in the media claiming they would not accept two
hour waits to board their air planes. Would not accept it. Would not accept positive means of identification either. What
will they do when 3 day quarantines are required of all travelers?
terrorists have been interviewed and they all have expressed disgust with the liberty they were given in the West. They regard
it as racism. As if they were being treated like children: "Yes, ok, go where you like, do what you like, learn to fly jets,
fine, we don't care. . . there is nothing you can do." It was very exasperating for these hard-bitten terrorist to take, the
are to avoid the major catastrophe in the coming bio attacks it will be just blind luck. If 40 million Americans are not killed
in the next few weeks it will not be because of our preparations. No quarantine zones have been established. No bio detectors
have been installed in our public places. No limitations on travel. Import anything you like. No identification required.
a careless, foolish, self-centered society. You were so liberal. So very liberal. Utterly oblivious to the mounting dangers.
This is how I understand the evangelical preachers. A society this careless . . .