Holiness is performance. If we learn anything from Jesus’ “pearls before swine” it is that the pigs don’t give a crap what is holy and what is not. Holiness is what we say it is and we make it so by how we choose to perform around those things we have declared holy.
On top of the repugnancy of spending so much on weapons of war, and the real and significant risk these weapons pose to Scotland, we can’t avoid the fact that they are weapons of a by-gone age.
Israel has no basis in international law for describing legitimate resistence as ‘terrorism.’ In fact the boot is on the other foot; while Palestinians have every right to resist, Israel is the aggressor state engaged in a process of terrorising a civilian population.
The US has systematically flouted international and human rights law, and has made it a matter of policy to antagonise Putin’s Russia, North Korea, Iran, and every other country that resists freedom and democracy (code for US domination).
Neither freedom nor security, as Eisenhower was keen to impress upon the nation, are protected when the nation’s economic survival is reliant on a private armaments industry and an over-funded military apparatus.
On the day Al-Qaeda hit the Pentagon Iraq was already firmly in the sights of the Bush Administration as a foreign policy priority. It is with this geopolitical reality in mind that we must consider the words of Paul Wolfowitz in his PBS interview with Margaret Warner on 14 September 2001...
We the People put it that US foreign policy with regard to the Middle East has followed a policy doctrine that has sought to destabilise governments in the region to assist in their replacement with puppet regimes under the control of the United States. We charge US foreign policy and US foreign policy makers with wilfully causing the deaths of millions across the Middle East and around the world in its global war on terror.
Fundamentalism more closely approximates the fabled Class of Civilisations, but with the subtle distinction of it being rather a clash with civilisation. Human progress has been possible only due to our ability to learn about the world around us, remember what we have learned, and develop appropriate tools to change the environment to our benefit.