“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Friday, September 12, 2008

09/12 Morning Report

It may be late, but it is always time to remember those who have fallen.

You can read my thoughts on that awful day at “Where Were You.” It’s a couple of years old, but the sentiment, the hurt, and the final question still remain. I’m still trying to answer it. How about you?

Meanwhile, politics had a dead day yesterday, as the candidates agreed to shelve everything in honor of 911. That is a rare and awesome thing, to have both parties lay down their bitter disagreements and stand together for anything. It reinforces the adage that we might fight amonst ourselves, but that’s just a family squabble. Don’t you get involved or we will both kick your @$#. Nice to know some things don’t really change much.

In one piece of good news, Saudi police arrested five men who were using the internet to recruit for al Qaeda.”

The five men are accused of encouraging people to take up arms in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Traditional security measures have led to the arrest of hundreds of al-Qaeda suspects over the last seven years.
(…interesting that it makes no claim on what non-traditional security measures have done…other than an implied innuendo…)

Meanwhile, General Petraeus is dinged by the BBC for refusing to declare victory in Iraq.. They did say all the right things, though—there is a long difficult road ahead, the surge was a success, that Iraqi forces were standing up and taking control. But, they mostly said using the word “not”--“He did not say…He did not confirm…he resued to say…, etc. Too bad it’s such a negative article on someone who has done something very successfully that the entire left wing establishment claimed was impossible.

And, here at home, Hurricane Ike is headed for the Texas coast. And, like always, some stubborn folks are refusing to get out of the way. I understand the sentiment. Some have no where to go. Some see no reason to go, in case they have to start all over. But, I think life is a reason to go. It speaks of hope. And that’s the thing that has kept this country alive in some very dark hours and trying times.

(…personally, I’m worried that too many in our country have lost hope and that will make way for other, darker things…)