Martin Luther King's birthday. Just a man, but a man who strove to realise the vision and promise of Jesus in and for our world. Martin is a hero to me, a complex being doing what he could to educate and lead his fellows to truly live what Christ is recorded as saying in accepted Christian Scripture. You don't need me to google up links, but I offer this one from the MLK Papers Project at Stanford.
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear annihilation... I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow... I still belive that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed."
--Martin Luther King, Jr., Address in Acceptance of Nobel Peace Prize - 10 December 1964
I have some of his speeches on LP, some of the most moving and life affirming words I have ever heard. Pointing out the history and context of current events in light of the actions of a supposedly Christian people he served us up with an unsparing glimpse of our everyday hypocrisy.
Just a man, trying to walk his truth in the world, striving to share the reality of the Christian faith, to lead people to embody the religion they claimed out loud yet deny with their actions he was killed.
In quiet moments I read his words, listen to his speeches and remember that I can do better, be better and my faith in life is reaffirmed, my consciousness of it's process is enlivened and my place in it is highlighted with hope.
His last sermon, which he didn't live to deliver was entitled "Why America May Go to Hell".
George W Bush in my eyes is the anti-Martin Luther King.
Is Paul O'Neill backpedaling on the information he gave that Mr Bush and company were planning the Iraq invasion from the get-go of the Bush administrations residency in the White House?
On ABC news an unidentified source corraborates the truth of O'Niell's view.
Information Clearing House makes it really easy to see that much of the Bush cabinet, folks like Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush's brother Jeb and his Chief of Staff Lewis Libby were commited to attacking Iraq well before the Supreme Court Justices selected Mr Bush for the Presidency.
Back in 1996 Richard Perle and Douglas Feith were involved in the paper for The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies’ Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000 entitled "A Clean Break:
A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" advocating the overthrow of Saddam Hussein as a pressing Israeli problem.
The article "Dick Cheney's Song of America" by David Armstrong points out Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell's involvement, Cheney's advocacy is seen going back to 1990. Wolfowitz turns up here too.
A quote from Mr Bush reported in Time Magazine, March 2002 :
“Fuck Saddam,” Bush said. “We’re taking him out.”
Pretty incriminating, don't you think...