Her nobles within her are like wolves that tear prey, shedding blood and destroying lives to get unjust gain. Ezekiel 22:27
So we have another splendid little war. Our Tyrant Emperor himself himself assures us it will be a very antiseptic splendid little war. No ground troops. We will simply stand afar off and throw high explosive ordinance at our enemies and their wives and their children and any innocent bystanders who happen to be living in the area.
And this time our enemies are REALLY demented and evil — EVEN MORE demented and evil than our previous bad guys.
Notice what Der Fuhrer neglected to say. He did NOT announce a major airlift to bring the Iraqi Christians and Yezidis here to safety in the United States. When it comes to the Christians of Iraq, our policy is the same policy we had in the 1930s towards the Jews in Germany. So sorry folks, but there is no room at this inn for y’all.
Also absent from our Tyrant Emperor’s remarks was any reference to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Recently, a group of Middle Eastern Christians gathered in Washington, D.C. for a summit. Here is what one of their leaders had to say about the proper response to the crisis:
Earlier, in a homily at an ecumenical prayer service, Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of Brooklyn, New York, reflected on the Gospel reading of the beatitudes, which he called “a way of life for Christians.” He said even if a person was angry — and those looking at recent events had a right to be angry — it was hard to stay angry after listening to the reading.
He suggested to about 500 people gathered at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel that there were three ways to respond when Christians and other minorities are persecuted:
— Pray and do nothing, “and say to ourselves, ‘Christianity was made for suffering.'” But, he added, “that is not the way of Jesus.”
— Declare war, fight with every tool available and “destroy those who destroy us. … But that’s not the way of Jesus, either.”
— Nonviolent resistance, which he said worked for Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and St. John Paul II. This requires “much prayer, much fasting, much building of solidarity.”
“This nonviolent resistance can be powerful,” he said.
Supposedly we have some “allies,” but today’s news says “not really.” Those closest to the problem — Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Gulf states, etc. — are the most lukewarm of all. The United Nations, which one would think is the proper place to plan an organized response? Well, we are the Imperial United States of America. We don’t need no stinkin’ UN. We’ll go anywhere we want, and bomb anyone we want, and kill any number of women and children that we want, and our President doesn’t even have to ask for a declaration of war from Congress.
So right there we see that this latest escalation fails the Catholic just war tests: it has not been declared by lawful authority, because the Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war.
The end result? Well, years ago I predicted that no good would come from our intervention in Iraq and that in fact we would drive the situation from bad to worse. And that is what will happen here. Tomorrow and the day after will bring even more terror nightmares. If we wanted a better result for Iraq, we should have started by NOT invading the country back in 2003. It’s hard to remember, since its been all of 13 years ago. . . but Iraq did not attack us on September 11, 2001. Our war against them was the result of deliberate lies told by the Tyrant Emperor George Bush II — the same man that Catholic leaders such as His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, proclaimed as the “most pro-life president ever.”
I checked the US bishops’ website, and there’s nothing there about this latest splendid little war, which alas is all too typical of the moral cowardice of the US Catholic Bishops when it comes to the Splendid Little Wars of the American Imperium.
The pro-war propaganda crusade is well advanced. Some of its elements were documented by Daniel Nichols at his blog, Caelum et Terra in a post “The Drums of War.”
This news brings a certain poignancy to this last novena in our 81 days of summer novenas for justice, peace, and Creation — the Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows and Oscar Romero. We daily pray the prayer I wrote all the way back in 1998 during a previous escalation in the troubles of Iraq. How great the judgment United States is accumulating, as we continue to sow bitter seeds in furrows of injustice. When it falls upon us, we will all wish we had made better choices.
Our Lady of Sorrows, most holy and afflicted mother of martyrs, you stood beneath the cross and witnessed the agony of your dying Son. We pray for those who will die today because of war, economic chaos, injustice, and exploitation, especially the children.
Prepare them for the agony, despair, and terror of the violence that is upon them. Comfort them and hold them close to the bosom of thy Wounded Heart as they drink deeply of the bitter cup which is forced upon them.
Wipe their tears, calm their fears, welcome them to peace and safety. Eternal rest grant to them, and may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
O God, call all people to rise in judgment against the the wickedness that brings violence upon the world. Overturn the thrones of tyranny, scatter the unjust, judge the bloody rulers who make the cry of the widow and orphan rise to heaven. Give us your grace and strength to stand against the demonic powers which prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. May peace with justice come to the Persian Gulf. Amen.