Saturday, November 18, 2006

Iraq invasion 'disaster', Blair tells al-Jazeera - The Irish Times

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Cherie Blair is Catholic and it is rumored that Tony Blair is a crypto-Catholic; and also that he is close to the Opus Dei. If this were true than his "confession" to Sir David Frost might be the beginning of a process. If he admits that Iraq was a disaster, he might admit that he had something to do with it. If he admits that, he might, if he has even a shred of decency, feel sorry for having caused so much harm. That in Catholic terminology leads to what is called "contrition", the first step in a process leading to "absloution". For those of you unfamiliar with Catholicism, I'll bring you up to speed with some quotes, (which I have taken the liberty of underlining) from the
  • "Contrition is "sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again."
  • "All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession, even if they are most secret and have been committed against the last two precepts of the Decalogue; for these sins sometimes wound the soul more grievously and are more dangerous than those which are committed openly."
  • "Many sins wrong our neighbor. But sin also injures and weakens the sinner himself, as well as his relationships with God and neighbor. Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused. One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries). Simple justice requires as much.Raised up from sin, the sinner must still recover his full spiritual health by doing something more to make amends for the sin: he must "make satisfaction for" or "expiate" his sins. This satisfaction is also called "penance."
There you are Tony, better get on with it, no backsliding, there is no time to lose! DS
*Below you'll find Tony's confession.
*Tony Blair has apparently admitted that the invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain was a disaster. The Prime Minister gave the frank assessment of his decision to go to war in an interview with Sir David Frost on al-Jazeera's new English-language channel. Opposition MPs seized on the comment as evidence that Mr Blair has finally accepted that his strategy in the Middle Eastern state had failed. (...) During the interview, Sir David suggested that the West's intervention in Iraq had "so far been pretty much of a disaster". Mr Blair replied: "It has, but you see what I say to people is why is it difficult in Iraq? It's not difficult because of some accident in planning, it's difficult because there's a deliberate strategy — al-Qaeda with Sunni insurgents on one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militias on the other — to create a situation in which the will of the majority for peace is displaced by the will of the minority for war." READ IT ALL

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