Comment by Gregg R Thomas on September 11, 2013 at 9:32am

@The Unseen One;

"Ever heard "That was then, this is now"?"

Nope, that was the first time I ever heard that one. :P

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on September 11, 2013 at 9:40am

I can be described as a lot of things (asshole comes to mind) but never a pacifist...I just know when to walk away from someone else's shitstorm.

I'm almost ready to get on my knees and pray for some actual leadership (I wonder if the FSM will answer my pleas)?

Comment by Warren on September 11, 2013 at 9:50am

When the DC admin looks like "Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way!". And they drag everyone else with them kicking and screaming.

Comment by Warren on September 11, 2013 at 10:13am

"I wish Christopher Hitchens were still alive so he could put all you pacifists and isolationists in your place"

The point is that if it's not our fight, why are we contributing to the fight? Isolationists? We are not under attack, our resources are to defend our country, not to go picking a international fight and being a cop.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 12, 2013 at 10:37am

It's particularly interesting that the fighting is going on in Aleppo, Syria. The Bible continually refers to Abraham's nephew and brother of Rebekah, as well as father of Rachel and Leah, as "Laban, the Syrian." Laban lived in Haran, a hamlet in Southern Syria. Abraham's entire family allegedly came from Ur, and there was indeed a city named "Ur" in Southern Mesopotamia, which is no surprise, since "Ur" in ancient Sumerian, means, "city." but there is also a small town in Southern Syria, less than 20 miles from Haran, called "Ur-fa." To this day, the town celebrates itself as the birthplace of Abraham, and has a monument in the town square to commemorate the event.

Interestingly, in the very beginning of Exodus, at the episode of the "burning bush," the bush, AKA, god, informed Moses that his name is Yahweh, but that he was known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel as "El Shaddai." El Shaddai is the name originally used by the god, "Amurru," who, coincidentally, originated among the Amorites (as the Bible calls them) or as the "Amurrites," as they preferred to call themselves, and those who gave up their nomadic lifestyle, made their home base, Aleppo, Syria. Jerusalem likes to think of itself as the holy city, the site that the Messiah, when/if he comes, will rule from for a thousand years of peace, but Aleppo is the original home of El Shaddai, which, if you can believe a burning bush, was the original name for Yahweh - what if the world were meant to be ruled from Aleppo, rather than Jerusalem? The Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, for one, would REALLY be pissed!


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