This blog is mostly about Anglican Communion affiars, but I occasionally post something about the various elements of unending war that the US is in as an imperial power. Today, December 29th is such a day.
The news broadcasts are talking abou the imminent execution of Saddam Hussein. Just for the record, although I know it matters little, I'm against it. I'm against his execution for three reasons: I am against Capital Punishment; I am against turning over a prisoner to a government that makes use of Capital Punishment; I believe our capture of Saddam Hussein, whatever its moral value, was an extension of an illegal war and his imprisonment is our responsibility.
Dead or alive Saddam Hussein is a problem, but alive he is no ones martyr. He remains just an old used dictator, kept under lock and key. Dead he is a rallying cry for all sorts and conditions of people who already know that the imperial hand of America works its will using whoever it can find to do its work.
Today I went to a funeral of a friend. Today I heard the reports of a funeral prayer service for former President Ford. Tomorrow and in the days to come there will be more funeral prayers for President Ford. We commended our friend today to God, we commend President Ford to God and if we are consistant we will need to commend Saddam Hussein to God.
It will be up to God to sort it all out. I have no doubt God will do a better job than we might do, and to a better end. But be assured, God will sort us out as well.
What and odd and strange way to end this odd and strange year.
May the Lord come, and may this age pass away.