Dear Marketplace Friend,
Boy, is there a lot of static in the public square. The noise is deafening; it's so garbled that it has become increasingly difficult to sort out the truth from the trash.
Since we replaced Government with Gameboy in the high school curriculum, the luminaries among us seem to think that the President of the United States leads by placard rather than by principle. Put enough signs in the hands of the hostile, and policies are destined to change. Should they?
The " Iraq = Viet Nam" crowd held a rally this week in Washington (the people who hold the opposing views have probably been tied-up doing relief work in the Gulf States). The signs that form the backdrop for the protests include the now-famous ditty: "Bush Lied" (referring, by their own explanation, to the pre-war claim of Hussein's weapons of mass destruction).
The line of thought is clear: the President made the case for war based on intentional fraud and deception. ( Lie: a false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.) Are the placards true?
Seems like the conspiracy is pretty widespread. Here are some of the comments by his - apparent - co-conspirators:
One of the toughest challenges of life is twofold: 1) What is the truth? and, 2) Who's telling it?
- "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." - Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.
- "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." - Sandy Berger, Clinton's National Security Adviser, Feb. 18, 1998.
- "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Dec. 16, 1998.
- "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.
- "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." - Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.
- "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is using and developing weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sept. 27, 2002.
- "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." - Sen. John Kerry, Oct. 9, 2002.
- "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear... that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." - Sen. Hillary Clinton, Oct 10, 2002.
The Lord Jesus Christ didn't mince words when he talked about truth: "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). According to Him, the truth is that He offers the only way to gain access to God's heavenly realm... and He's the only authoritative source of the truth about the matter.
Every religion that presents a variant path to eternal life is holding up a placard that says: "Jesus Lied." Don't buy this "he was a good teacher, but we have a more enlightened, more comprehensive answer." That's baloney; he didn't leave us that option. CS Lewis said it well: liar, lunatic... or Son of God. He was one of the three; you'll bet your life on your choice among those options...