Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A man of conviction

This is courage

Courtesy of CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams).
There is no news yet, but please pray for Tom Fox, 54 and James Loney, 41, of Toronto, and Harmeet Sooden, 32, formerly of Montreal, Briton Norman Kember, 74.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Syriana

Syriana
Everything's Connected.

I Saw this movie tonight. Anyone seen it? The previews have the "conspiracy theory" feel to them. And I think it could be called a conspiratorial movie. But is conspiracy untrue or always true or a mixture? Who knows... it would likely take an expert on politics, religion, intelligence and oil to comment on the liklihood of the scenario the movie portrays. But of course, even the idea for flying a plane into buildings is said to have been written about in fictional scenarios before 9/11 (although the idea of flying a plane into the Eifel Tower was threatened and picked up through intelligence about Algerian terrorists in 1994.... maybe earlier--I haven't done much research).

So does the movie give terrorists ideas? Hardly... there's really nothing in the movie that hasn't already been done. So maybe it's not a conspiracy movie in terms of actual oil-related terrorist attacks.

I recommend the movie. It really gets you thinking about how meddlesom the U.S. government is overseas. This proverb comes to mind: "Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he be weary of you, and hate you." Proverbs 25:17

This movie makes you think about how much we're in our neighbor's business for "American Interests." We really are the most militaristic country in the world. How overwhelming is that? I honestly think that if I weren't American (and even though I am American) I would feel resentful of America as a classroom bully. I can understand some of my Swedish friends better now in their questioning me about voting for Bush in 2000. I really can. "American Interests" seem to be a whole lot more about oil than genocide (witness American inaction over Rwanda and Sudan and Congo... when has Congo made America's nightly news?).

Know why? They don't have enough oil for us to declare that they are "hiding weapons of mass destruction" and attack them (even though 3 million people have been massacred there in the past 5 years). That's not "in American interest."

Honestly, if my demand for petroleum is fueling this "American interest" in oil, I can see why Moby actually refuses to own a car, refuses to allow his music to advertise cars, and backs the Transport 2000 campaign to reduce road building and increase mass transportation (something Europeans and the Japanese obviously value far more than Americans).