Thursday, December 28, 2006

Year-End Calls for Peace, from Various Interesting Leaders

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down in history as one of the last "gentleman presidents", one of the more interesting developments is his heretofore unpublished statements on the mistake of entering into a pre-emptive war.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


  1. I doubt that Ford meant that-he simply was using "hellfire and damnation" as a reliatively mild expletive. Just like someone who stubs his toe on a chair and says "d__n it" isn't doesn't really think he has the power to send that chair to hell.
    He was a good man and a good president and indeed the fact that he is not remembered for anything may be the best memorial. No one remembers the Officer of the Deck if the ship does not pile up during his watch.

    G Ford RIP

    Sir Jason the Appreciative

  2. The deaths of Jerry Ford within a few days of the execution of Saddam Hussein tends to make me very thoughtful.

    Jerry Ford was a good man and few deny it. He pretty much sacrificed his own political career to pardon Nixon, but it did bring an end to the divisiveness of water gate.

    Saddam Hussein is a different matter entirely. I don’t rejoice in the death of any human, yet if ever an execution was merited, this was one. The bible says,

    "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. Gen 9:6

    For Iraq, it seems like an important step. The conviction was completely Iraqi, not forced by U.S. The government has proved itself able to make a make a just court decision in the face of opposition. I have been praying for Iraq, that the government would be strong and wise and that a great church would rise. I believe God has heard my prayer.

    Maybe Saddam Hussein has confessed his sins before Christ. If so, God will have mercy on him.

    To God be the glory. His will be done.

    Sir John, having very limited wisdom and knowledge.