An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.

Friday, May 16, 2008

A Headless God in a Sacked Temple



"After killing this Iraqi insurgent, Emanuele said he and his patrol dragged the body from a ditch, took pictures, and left the man 'to rot in a field.'" © Iraq Veterans Against the War


"The veterans spoke about extremely lax rules of engagement handed down by commanding officers, which they said virtually guaranteed atrocities would be committed, and which in turn created a violent backlash among Iraqi people and a continued cycle of violence." - Aaron Glanz, "Iraq Veterans Describe Atrocities to Lawmakers", May 17, 2008.

The two war parties play a game about the Iraq occupation which consists in one side pretending that the war is a noble cause bringing something called "democracy" the the benighted Iraqi people. The other side pretends that the occupation has been incompetently handled and that professional management is called for. The truth is that policies that guarantee atrocities are quite deliberate. The rules of engagement which our soldiers carried out were intended to produce terror in the Iraqi population.

"'We have beaten our drum to try to raise the issue of the dereliction of duty committed by a number of generals who have been promoted and promoted again and continue to perpetuate the lies [that] paint a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq,' he said." - Aaron Glanz, "Iraq Veterans Describe Atrocities to Lawmakers", May 17, 2008.

Well may they beat that drum. In fact, these generals were promoted because they executed their duty with accuracy and aplomb. Painting a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq is precisely what they have been promoted to carry out. Far from dereliction, the acceptable Lie represents mission accomplished. Truth is the derelict standing trial for treason.

"Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) praised the veterans who spoke Thursday. 'I want to thank you for having more courage than many members of Congress have — for coming here in defiance of what you have been instructed and taught to do,' she said. 'They attempted to tell you that you should be satisfied by everything that you saw and everything that you did and everything you witnessed, but you’re not. I praise and honor you for that.'" - Aaron Glanz, "Iraq Veterans Describe Atrocities to Lawmakers", May 17, 2008.

To defy instructions is the act that only the humble who will inherit the earth can carry out. To be unsatisfied with orders to degrade the image of God is the only duty: "'When encountering these bodies standard procedure was to run over the corpses, sometimes even stopping and taking pictures, which was also standard practice when encountering the dead in Iraq,' he told the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which organized the hearing." - Aaron Glanz, "Iraq Veterans Describe Atrocities to Lawmakers", May 17, 2008. Instead, the principalities and dominions demand degradation of corpses because it instills the proper level of terror in the Iraqi population - people that will soon be found unnecessary.

Defy the instructions, you poor, you forgotten - defy the headless gods!

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