The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Sunday, February 02, 2003

I notice, via Drudge, that Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God's Vengeance. This highlights one difference between the civilized West and the savages we are struggling against: You will never hear anyone in America pray for the destruction of our enemies. When soldiers go off to war, the prayers on their behalf are very vague and non-threatening, usually asking for their safe return. No one goes into a pulpit in Jacksonville or Norfolk or San Diego and asks God to make the thermobaric munitions especially potent.

Contrast with the Islamic world; see your local Little Green Footballs for details. (Awhile back I posted an article about a mullah who said that Islam had a duty to develop nuclear weapons.)

I am an atheist, but if I did believe in God, I would be upset by the quote from the Iraqi government employee who said "God is avenging us". Not only is such a statement immoral, but it bespeaks a belief in an amazingly impotent deity. There are 300 million people in America, and Allah managed to wipe out six of them? There have been dozens of shuttle missions since the first Iraq war, and Allah finally managed to swat one on return? (Orbital velocity's a bitch, Lord -- gotta lead your target!) Ilan Ramon wipes out a nuclear reactor in 1981, and it takes 22 years for the wrath of God to catch up? How pathetic.



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