Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Newsweek Deaths?

What's right is wrong, what's wrong is right...

Afghanis got together to protest American Military bases and the proliferation of the drug trade in their country. In order to put down the protest, Afghani authorities shot automatic weapons into the crowd, killing about 14 people.

In an unrelated incident, a Newsweek reporter was given an anonymous tip that a copy of the Quran had been flushed down a toilet at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. After publishing the report, the reporter went back to his source for confirmation, and the source negated their statement. Newsweek then had to retract the report.

Somehow the two incidents got wrapped up in one another and a lot of people now want to believe that the Newsweek report caused the Afghani riot. What's worse, is that, in my humble opinion (and some others as well), it looks as if the Newsweek reporter was "set up" by this source in the first place.

It seems like the United States of America is headed to a climate where *ANYTHING* is ok as long as it's done by people identified as Republican God fearing christians. Where did this faith in man come from? My Bible says that everyone is a sinner. No one person is infallible and we have a system of checks and balances to, at least partially, overcome this. As an example, a timely issue is the Republican named "Nuclear Option". How is it considered a good thing to make it easier for one person, a fallible person (according to my Bible), to fill the courts with people they deem qualified?

In order to maintain our system of checks and balances, it should be very difficult for one branch of the government to affect another branch. To use a metaphor, large sailing ships have something called "flood" doors installed on them. In order to prevent a small hole from taking down the entire ship, the ship is compartmentalized so that doors can be closed to "seal" off the leak. The Republican's "nuclear option" eliminates one of the flood doors in our government and makes it easier for one portion of the government to have control over another.

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