Who created this quagmire in Iraq?
Last updated 9/7/2007 at Noon
Bob Hahn raised the question of who is responsible for the quagmire in Iraq, assuring us it is not the fault of George W. Bush. I agree somewhat with him.
Such a weak, incompetent and insignificant man as Mr. Bush could not possibly have created the greatest catastrophe in American history all by himself. It is not possible for one man, great or small, to plunge the whole world into such darkness and evil as now burgeons. Even Adolph Hitler was not responsible for all the evils of World War II.
Bush, like Hitler, needed help – lots of help – to create the dissonance that now reigns in diplomatic, moral and economic realms.
Perhaps it is the fault of our religious leaders, Christian, Jewish and Muslim, who, instead of being guided by the divine power of love, compassion and forgiveness, use fear and hate to appeal to their followers.
Perhaps it is the fault of ambitious and greedy leaders, conspiring with war industries to build powerful machines, which trample the sacred dignity of the individual.
The creator of this hellish quagmire is not just Mr. Bush but all of us. We have, by our indifference and distraction, simply permitted evil men to seize the reins of power in America.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –Edmund Burke
America needs far more than a mere change in party or of presidents. We must return, rather, to first principles: government for the people, by the people and of the people; integrity, competence and responsibility in all our leaders; and respect and love for God’s sacred creation in all its diversity.
We must respect all races and cultures and love our precious, unique planet Earth, for divided we are floundering.
Joe Howard Crews