Sam Harris on why religious moderates are worse than fundamentalists. (Salon click-through ad)
"Religious moderates are, in large part, responsible for the religious conflict in our world, because their beliefs provide the context
in which scriptural literalism and religious violence
can never be adequately opposed."
Strategists at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for devastating bombing raids
backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks
against Iran's nuclear sites as a "last resort
" to block Teheran's efforts to develop an atomic bomb.
Bob Woodruff is in serious condition
after being hit by an IED in Iraq
and [his cameraman] Vogt are undergoing surgery at the U.S. military
hospital in Balad. Both men suffered head injuries. Woodruff sustained shrapnel wounds and Vogt was hit by shrapnel in the head
and suffered a broken shoulder.
Winning Souls to Christ in The World of Warcraft.
There is a trend of Christian gaming enthusiasts
who have flocked to Blizzard’s popular World of Warcraft
game to proselytize, by violence if necessary, as evidenced by one guild leader who has engaged in “conversion
duels on multiple servers where he challenges
other players to duel with him. If he wins, they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”
The American Legion calls for an end to all anti-war public protests.
"The American Legion will stand against anyone
and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse
, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples
"I think my beliefs had changed once we were on the ground. Within days we had seized all of the oil fields
in northern Iraq and our primary mission was to protect them. Bush had said this war wasn't about oil
, but there I was defending oil fields
at all costs in the middle of Iraq. A lot of the piping and workings of the fields had been destroyed by the fleeing army and before we even started
to help the people by fixing the power or water supplies, they had construction crews trying to get everything up and running on the oil fields."
⇒An interview with Zechariah, 25, of Lynnwood, Washington.
He enlisted in the Army when he was 21, and was deployed to Iraq from March 2003 to January 2004 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade as a medic.
Surrender so soon.
"The stunned Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade were forced to tell the Iraqis they were not firing at them, and ordered them back to their home country telling them it was too early to surrender."