I usually avoid political and theological rants. Today, I can't hold back. This is my blog, and I don't care if you disagree with me.
First up: President Bush and the stem cell research veto. Frozen embryos aren't people. They are the possibility of people, but not yet people. If they remain forever frozen, they're not going to become people, either. To insist that they are sacred, because all life is sacred, and that they can't be used for the research necessary to save lives, is a simplistic and flawed viewpoint. Especially when you, personally, declare wars that kill thousands of innocents. So, let me get this straight - these frozen possibilities of children are sacred and must be protected at all costs, but actual people -including babies and children - who have the bad luck to live in countries you have an argument - with can be blown up with no problem? How do these two things go together? How can you believe in both of them at the same time?
Secondly, about war. This goes out to our government, the Israeli government, and all other governments. There is no good reason for war, except in the immediate defense of your own. If your country is invaded, then you fight. No doubt about it. If you have trouble with a terrorist group that happens to reside in a country, you don't bomb the hell out of the country. Once you start killing innocents, you are no better than the terrorists you're fighting.
I'm not suggesting turning the other cheek. Isn't this why highly trained special forces exist? I hate killing, but understand why it can sometimes be necessary. But it has to involve personal risk. War by button pushing... it's too impersonal, and allows you not to notice that you're murdering innocents.
I received an email last year that still bothers me. It concerned the reasoning behind going to war with Iraq, and compared Saddam to a man living in your neighborhood who was killing his children. It said that even if the police didn't come, it was your responsibility to get involved and stop it. And I do agree, but, and this is a big but.... you wouldn't stop it by dropping a bomb on his block, killing his neighbors, pets, and the people working there.
I think that if mothers were in charge, there would be much less war. (And no, I'm not anti-men, I know plenty who are against these wars, and yes, I realize this is a generalization, but I also fully believe that this is true.)
Done, for now. Stepping off the soap box.