Saturday, September 20, 2003

A Cry for Sanity! 

Posted by Lupus
I modified the below to reflect the situation in Iraq. It could apply to all mindless conflicts between different groups and nations.

I now watch the news reports. I cannot get the images out of my head; images of severed arms, decapitated heads, people with nails and pieces or iron stuck in their bodies. What happened to the soldiers serving their country? Body parts swimming in the blood that spilled on the floor like water. I pray, but America is not listening.

And I feel empty inside, who's next? I think of the weekend warriors not knowing whether this would be their last supper; about the piles of human bodies flying in the air into one another, about the severed arm thrust into the young woman, but she feels nothing, she is either in shock or simply dead. I imagine the smell, the smell of explosives and burnt human flesh blending into one; and the quiet after the blast, and the cries of pain and shock, the shock that comes after the quiet. I think of the victory that the White House has announced months ago, saying we have beaten the Iragis and the terrorists, and my heart weeps: how could my President be such a fool? I think of the folly of the politicians who are leading us from one catastrophe to the next, and I think about how the people keep silent. Has everyone forgotten?

I know the painful truth. The body count will continue, because our political leaders are petty little people. So full of themselves, they are clueless about conflict resolution; they slay Iraqis and expect them to exercise restraint. These wise men believe that the occupation can continue; they may be seasoned soldiers, but they are absolutely ignorant in conflict resolution. They believe that by using terror to counter terror they can give us security. They believe that they can devastate the infrastructure of Iraqi leadership and government and at the same time stop militias from wreaking chaos. How long will it take us to wake up from this ongoing folly? How many more body bags will it take? We need truth, not political creeds.

The beauty of America is slain upon the Messianic pipedream — how long shall the petty leaders of this nation triumph? It is now the morning after, and death greets me. How painful and despairing it is to see more blood being shed in vain. Shame on you, leaders of the nations.


I adopted the above from a letter recently sent by Yitzhak Frankenthal to friends and associates worldwide. He is the founder of Parents Circle, an organization of Jews and Palestinians to help parents on both sides deal with their grief. I didn't want the author's true identity to color anyone's attitude toward the piece one way or another.

As far as Bush and shame, he seems incapable of it. His attitude is similar to Lord Farquaad in Shreck,
"The champion will have the honour, no, no, the privilege, to go forth and rescue the lovely Princess Fiona from the fiery keep of the dragon. If for any reason, the winner is unsuccessful, the first runner-up will take his place. And so on and so forth. Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make."

A soldiers' cry,
How many more tears must be shed before Americans awake and demand the return of the men and women whose job it is to protect them, rather than their leader's interest?
echoing the question Senator John Kerry asked Senate Foreign Relations Committee upon his return from Vietnam,
How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam?"

Senator Max Cleland reminding us all why this happened in the first place!

Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President. Sorry you didn't go when you had the chance.

Friday, September 19, 2003

Friday Furball Sports 

Our Guest Writer Mark Toft

Mark writes a riveting analysis of this week's NFL matchups. Notice how he elegently weaves football with the Whitehouse follies.

A Fan's Note

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Introduction to The Bite 

Posted by Lupus


I wanted to introduce you to the Blog "The Bite." A million blogs already exist ranging from the mundane to the highly intellectual. So why, do this, . . . to bring fresh perspectives to current issues. The Bite will incorporate a sense of outrage lightened with a touch of ridicule. Ridicule and humor can be one of the most effective ways to "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
Our group of bloggers represent a pack a wolves ready to bite through the noise generated by the system to distract the public from the real issues. We plan to consistently post Monday through Friday. Our efforts though on Friday will be concentrated on sports with a focus on a special guest writer. Friday will be known as "Furball Friday Sports." I hope you will enjoy the site and the new insights it will bring.

The members of this group blog represent a wide range of experiences, geography, ethnic mix and education. I will be blogging from the social justice perspective of the Catholic Worker, which was founded by one of my heroes Dorothy Day. I will be going by the handle Lupus, the Latin word for wolf.

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