Thursday, July 13, 2006

A Dying Metaphor

The metaphor is strength. Once upon a time, Dick Cheney said that “terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength. They are invited by the perception of weakness.”

And we certainly agreed, especially in the Red States.

Raised on Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and Rambo, we in the RedStates agree that shows of strength silences our enemies.

But "strength" no longer means what it used to. We've learned a hard lesson in Iraq that demonstrations of military strength can stimulate rather than deter our opponents. North Korea's Kim Jong-il loves it when the Bushies talk dirty about overthowing him. The Israelis are about to learn the same lesson in Lebanon and Gaza. Watch for an escalation of terror attacks.

Daily Jesus Quote: Matthew 5: 43-44
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."

There's very little comment on this saying in the U. S. , but it seems like an incredibly difficult ethic to follow.

Shopping Days to Martin Luther King's Birthday: 185

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