Well, here we are, 600 blog posts. I would prefer to celebrate with something cheery and wonderful, however, the thing that is motivating me to write today is not so much... it's the Pope's visit with Bush and Bush's remarks about the occasion. I saw this New York Times article posted on a friend's blog this morning, and it made me angry enough that I felt I need to vent a little bit here.
When Bush makes statements like the following (which is in reference to the Pope's message):
"In a world where some treat life as something to be debased and discarded, we need your message that all human life is sacred."
I can't help thinking things like "How about all those civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan? How about those military prisoners getting tortured within inches of their lives? How about those people in Guantanamo Bay and other places being held indefinitely without a sentence? How about the Iraqi soldiers who were just defending their country out of fear or a sense of duty? What about all the American soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq for some vague goal that nobody really has ever defined but that we keep being told we are moving closer to? What about all the friends and family of all those people listed above whose lives will never be the same because their friends or family were killed, tortured, broken? Where is your sense of value for their lives? Where is your respect for them as human beings, and how have you not acted like their lives are something to be debased and discarded?"
The article included this little tidbit about Bush:
Mr. Bush, who has made his own Christian faith a central tenet of his life as an American politician and who has assiduously courted religious conservatives during his tenure as president, used his speech to affirm the role that faith plays in American society.
I feel more like Mr. Bush has made a lot of noise about the fact that he is a Christian than that his Christian faith has been a central tenet of his life as a politician. His words that "God is love" and that "all human life is sacred" are indeed ideas that Christianity expounds, but while Mr. Bush is saying these words, he seems to be forgetting that for the past 5 years he's been pushing war at all costs, the capture and execution of several people, the torture of captives and prisoners being held in inhumane conditions with no sentence.
Granted, I understand that it's a complicated situation and there are probably a lot of things going on that I'm not aware of, and I also understand that we are all hypocritical about certain things, but saying all human life is sacred while you're in the middle of pushing something that is ending innocent lives just seems a bit over the top. Sorry Mr. Bush, you seem all empty on the inside to me.