While we mourn the passing of an excellent man who may go down in history as one of the last "gentleman presidents", one of the more interesting developments is his heretofore unpublished statements on the mistake of entering into a pre-emptive war. Read the following story, and note especially the last line:
"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security," [Ford] said.
I hope he didn't mean to say that we should go to hellfire damnation in order to ensure our national security. Seems like others have been down that road before.
One person who probably wishes we would have taken Mr. Ford's advice is Saddam Hussein, now condemned to the gallows and scheduled to die sometime next month. Facing the end of his life, the former dictator seems to be repentant in this article and advises his countrymen to seek peace and unity over the path of violence they have taken.
"Here, I offer my soul to God as a sacrifice, and if he wants, he will send it to heaven with the martyrs," [Saddam] said..."I call on you not to hate because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking"..."I also call on you not to hate the people of the other countries that attacked us."
But his apparent transition to a peacemaker takes on the hollow, false ring we're used to hearing from leaders in the Middle East when in the same letter he writes...
"Long live jihad and the mujahedeen." He urged Iraqis to be patient and rely on God's help in fighting "against the unjust nations."
Sounds like a double-minded man, even in his last days.
One who is not apparently double-minded is the good Pope Benedict, who wishes, in this video, a Christmas "filled with the peace of Christ, Our Lord and Saviour." Sounds like a man who knows true peace, the only way one can.
Sir Chuck, the Peaceful