Monday, November 08, 2004
Satan May Be In Fallujah
I would never lay blame on the troops. I leave that to the Rudy Ghoulianis of the world. I lay the blame on this horrible administration.
I lay the blame on this horrible administration which allows officers to combine the pulpit with their pep talks. The other day a Lieutenant-Colonel, by the name of Gareth Brandl, said, "But the enemy has got a face. He's called Satan. He lives in Fallujah and we're going to destroy him."
This is not a crusade. At least, it's not supposed to be one.
But if heaven and hell must be drawn into this quagmire then I have one question: Does any Christian truly believe that God would want an army to do battle against the devil by taking over a hospital and not allowing it to go after the sick and the wounded?
Invading a hospital is a war crime. It is not satanic. But it is not something that God would approve of. So can the rhetoric, Lieutenant-Colonel Brandl. The words you use will not end terror, they will exacerbate it.
Here's a disturbing picture taken by Patrick Baz of AFP:
"Fallujah prayer : A rosary hangs off the barrel of a machinegun mounted on a Bradley belonging to the 1st Cavalry Regiment 5th Battalion positioned on the outskirts of Fallujah."