Tonight, December 29th, reports are that in Iraq 2996 US military deaths have occured. By the new year that number will likely have risen to 3000.
Tonight, December 29th, reports confirm that Saddam Hussein has been hanged.
While Anglican Church leaders need not comment on either of these realities and perhaps their relative powerlessness makes it unnecesary to do so. Still, we know that the televangelists will produce some commentary on the execution of Saddam Hussein, so it might be useful to say something.
And about the 3000, what is to be said?
So, at the risk of being damned by silence, let me say that Saddam Hussein's death is on our heads, as is the death of the 3000, the wounding of over 22,000, and the deaths of many thousands of Iraqi citizens.
This matter makes our moral mutterings about this or that way of loving one another, the blessing of people, the proper sorts of persons to be parents, and a wide variety of so called moral issues less than inspiring.