I was flipping through some channels the other night when I ran into the Jack Van Imp show. I like to stop there sometimes to see what they’re talking about. Rexella went through a series of newspaper articles about how the US is increasing military spending and highlighted several new projects. Her comment, immediately following the reading of these headlines, was “This is such a great time for President Bush.”
Now, I’m no expert in Theology, but this struck me as odd. Why would someone who’s preaching Christianity think it’s good that any country is increasing its military spending? Do they think war is good? Are they excited by the Crusade against Islam? I’ve always just assumed that most religions are at least publically against war, based on my limited knowledge of their teachings. Is there some deeper level of insight, of theirs, that I’m missing which makes it OK to wage war?
At first I’m tempted to write this off as some fringe sect. However, these kinds of opinions are frighteningly on the rise here in the US, very evidently in the “Religious Right.” This section of the population is also seen to be the most in favour of the US invasion of Iraq. Why is this so? Were I to naively believe that all Christians followed the teachings of the Bible to the letter, I would be forced to conclude that those who claim to follow it most closely would be opposed to any war. Can someone please explain to me why these sections of the population seem to align so closely?
What frightens me more and more is the feeling by some people here in the US, and to some extent the West in general, that the people in the Middle East are somehow less civilized and as a consequence worth less than us. Those are REAL people, with REAL relatives who cry REAL tears when their loved ones are murdered. And I think back to the night the latest Crusade agsinst Islam started, and our media is cheering that we were bombing the crap out of Baghdad. The city was in flames, with probably thousands of people dying, and we make it a fantastic media event. All for the entertainment of the people.
Maybe we’ve become too desensitized, since North Americans flock to movies flush with special effects of thousands of people being killed in an instant. It still strikes me as very odd how the death of just over 3,000 people here in the US got the entire world into an uproar, but the death of 11,000 people, conservatively, in Iraq at the hands of the US is a rallying point to prove that Bush is “tough on terror.” I think the difference is that the entities in the uproar over 9/11 were governments (plus outpouring of goodwill from people) but the people in an uproar now are the people of the world.
For a description of the death toll estimates in Iraq visit http://www.iraqbodycount.net/