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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Silence for Unification?

Going out on a major limb, I am going to try to mix a principle I see currently in politics with discussions I've seen in theology as well. (I know, I know. Horrible idea to mix politics and religion. But understand, it's more a comparison of reactions than anything else.)

Can we just let go of this WMD thing?

Just read an interesting radio transcript on Radioblogger.com (HT: Justin Taylor) regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Here are some quotes between Hugh Hewitt and Rick Santorum:
RS: What we announced was that after two and a half months of being aware of this document, we were able to get a copy of the document, and convince the intelligence community to give us a declassified version of the document. It is a very short synopsis, and I would argue incomplete synopsis, but nevertheless, it's vitally important, because what it does say, and I'll quote from it, "since 2003," so since the Iraq War, "coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain mustard or sarin nerve agent."

HH: Now the media thus far, I've seen it reported on Fox News, the website Freerepublic.com has got a number of threads running on it, but there is nothing about your announcement in the Washington Post or the New York Times as of three minutes ago. Are you surprised?

RS: Unfortunately not. When we called the press...I will admit, we had hoped to get this document released to us earlier in the day, but we did not get it released to us until 4:30. There was a brief on it until 5:15. We had a press conference at 5:30, which as you know, is not prime time to have press conferences. But since the document was now available, declassified and available to all members, and was faxed around to several other members' offices, we thought it was important to characterize and put this in context. So we hastily called a press conference, of which...normally, I would think if you're announcing the finding of weapons of mass destruction, you'd get more than four or five reporters, but that's all we could seem to drum up.

This appears to be that fax (again, HT: JT). Ultimately, this document and the interview with Hewitt seem to state three things:
    1. They have found weapons with nerve gas in Iraq.
    2. They believe there is more out there, that what they have found so far would have been very difficult to find with general inspections, and that terrorists would love to get their hands on any of these remaining munitions.
    3. The mainstream media and Democrats do not seem to want to acknowledge this.
While I do not believe there has ever been a better television series ever written than "24" (yes, LOST people, I know your show exists, but "24" beats it in longevity...and don't be too confident that the writters of LOST won't botch the ending and therefore render the entire series poor...but I digress), it seems that a "24 scenario" is what most people required. They wanted us to find a bomb, with a skull and cross bones sticker attached to it, aimed at America, with less than five minutes till detonation. Anything less would become speculation. But we have found chemical weapons, and yet there is little acknowledgement. Why?

Is it perhaps that America is now weary of the debate? Therefore, the truth is no longer the target, but rather just tranquility. Now that Americans have decided that Bush was an idiot and that WMD did not exist, it becomes devisive to now claim that they do, and that it was going to be a problem.

I was once discussing an issue with a brother in the Lord. As we continued to disagree, he finally looked at me and said, "Look, obviously you can win this argument if you just want to look at what the Bible says. But why can't we just agree to disagree?"

That's not unity, that's a desire for uniformity. Sometimes we will seem divisive, and sometimes we will be, but we must make sure it is the truth by which we are divided. Me, I'd rather find myself united with the truth than any other group. And no, we can not just let truth go.


  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger TheReformedThinker said…

    Dude, I love 24 and Lost, but how can you say that the writers for 24 haven't botched anything?

    Whose cell phone works 100% of the time whether they are in a plane, in a nuclear sub, warehouses...and who can set off a bomb that a terroist is wearing in an airport with their cell phone!!!!

    I love both shows, but both have some goofy things in them.

  • At 12:29 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

    So... 24 is better than LOST "for longevity"?

    Following that logic, we return to the NBA finals....

    This just in...

    The Dallas Mavericks actually WIN the series, because the franchise has been around longer than the Heat.

    Dwayne Wade has been asked to forfeit his MVP trophy, and hand it over to Gary Payton, a guard who has played more years than Wade.

    And, of course, Julio Franco will win this year's Baseball MVP based on the same logic, barely beating Roger Clemens.

    It's all about longevity.

    24 is a one-dimensional show that botches things on a weekly (or is it "hourly" basis).

    There is no realistic comparison between those two shows. Not to mention, 24 has medicre acting.

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

    Since we are going to base the evaluation of truth on the Bible, I will add this to the discussion.

    I firmly believe that the word "Lost" is found more times in the Bible than the word "24." You cannot count chapter or verse numbers, since they were not inspired.

    Thus, LOST is the better show.

  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    by longevity, i meant that 24 has a great track record of producing good seasons. 4 out of 5 have been tremendous (i still haven't seen season 3 and have been told not to bother). while much of the material is derived from background of former seasons (until maybe this year).

    but if LOST (going on season 3, building upon seasons 1 & 2) decides to do something absurd, then it will ruin the whole thing. seasons 1 and 2 will be tarnished because they were building up to the disaster.


    i would argue that 24 has some weird things, but i like the probability of blowing up a bomb with a cell phone a lot more than finding a killer polar bear in the jungle with some kind of magnet silo.

  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger Charity said…

    As a huge fan of both shows, I have to concede that the LOST season finale kicked the butt of the 24 season finale.

  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger TheReformedThinker said…

    Totally agree with your Charity..Amen sister.

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    sorry, while you all were watching LOST i was ministering to teenagers to allow them to know the goodness of the glory of God...

    but I GUESS lost must be pretty good...i'll have to take your word on it.


  • At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you know you could tape LOST and watch it after you minister to the teenagers!!
    By the way your wife is ministering to three future teenagers!

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    don't remind me!

    let me enjoy them now while they are young!!!

  • At 9:21 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

    Yeah, dude.

    I tape LOST every Wednesday and watch it later.

    But your humor is appreciated.

    I think four out of five seasons of 24 are so good (in your memory) becuase they are all the same. Every show is about chasing a terrorist, uncovering a traitor, and hearing Jack Bauer try to intimidate someone by yelling the same words at them.


    Or, he tries to calm his friends or loved ones with the same words...


    It's like the scriptwriters (and Kiefer) are stuck in the first season and continually trying to recreate the exact same stuff. It took me three seasons of watching it to realize that. Believe me, there won't be a fourth.

  • At 9:26 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    once last reason 24 trumps LOST:

    euchre (the greatest card game ever invented)

    what do you call those cards between the 10 and the queen?


    and the jacks that are trump are what?

    bowers (pronounced just like baurer)

    what does LOST have? well, one week the really big guy was hungry so the other people told him to "go fish"

    not even close bro.

  • At 8:08 AM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

    One man appeals to Scripture, another man appeals to card games. C'est Lavie.


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