Close call

 Friends,

Four years ago this week, I forwarded this now-prescient speech by Ray Close:

http://levantium.com/2003/02/09/war-coming/

It’s a long read, but remarkable in how accurately he anticipated the problems that would arise from this administration’s folly.  Well worth reading a second time (or a first, if you’re relatively new to this list).

I called Mr. Close this morning, after re-reading his speech.   I was curious about a section in it where he more or less restates the administration’s spin on Iraq’s … [more]

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War’s price tag

 Pretend for a moment the war is occurring in a vacuum and we’re not even considering the cost to Iraq and its neighbors.  According to an article published today in New Statesman, the cost for the war and for caring for our wounded and for the tangential impacts, such as the cost of oil, will eventually cost the United States $2.5 trillion!  That’s a lot of cheeseburgers.  The article goes on to suggest that the numbers of wounded flowing through … [more]

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Baptists in Levantium

 Interesting history.  Thank you very much.  I’m curious, because it wasn’t mentioned in the article and perhaps wasn’t germane, but how much Baptist work in Israel/Palestine is with Jewish (secular and confessing) persons and how much is with non-Jewish (i.e., Arab Christians and Muslims and non-Arab visiting pilgrims/tourists) persons?  What are the ratios?  Maybe I’ve been misinformed, but I thought evangelical outreach to Jews was verboten in Israel.

Actually, I was a bit surprised that the Jerusalem Post even published … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2007/03/10/baptists-in-levantium/

Børre’s nightmare

 http://almashriq.hiof.no/lebanon/300/350/355/july-war/20070304/20070304-images.html

We left Beirut at 9 yesterday and were back 12 hours later. Drove to Sidon and checked in with the army to get permission to enter the occupation zone evacuated by the Israelis in 2000 and which is finally under Lebanese Army control. Then straight to Tyre, Jouwaya, Tibnine and Bint Jbeil. We saw things I never thought possible. Then on to Maroun el Ras and along the border to Marjayoun to visit family. Finally back through Nabatieh, Zahrani, … [more]

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What is trvth?

 Posted by Mike West, NewStatesman.com, 07 March 2007 11:01

When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’, he put his finger on a big issue. Many of us have been brought up with the belief that a thing can only be true if it can be proved scientifically. Even though post-modern philosophers have questioned assertions of this kind and even scientists struggle with what we mean by scientific truth, it has remained doggedly part of the way that we … [more]

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Pray for the little ones

The concluding paragraph of Fisk’s end-of-year summary:

If Lebanon survives into next year, it will be the only “democracy” in the Arab world to have done so. Afghanistan is crumbling, Iraq is already a mass grave. The Palestinians face their own inter-factional catastrophe. But desperate for the help of Syria and Iran to ease his trapped legions from Iraq, Bush is now urged to deal with Israel’s Arab opponents. By year’s end, the UN’s tribunal investigator was no longer blaming … [more]

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Hallelujah!

Over the years, I’ve run into lots of people who passed through the artillery school at Ft. Sill.  One of the most memorable was Jim Byrnes, at a small blues bar in Vancouver, BC.

 By the way, I made a grevious mistake in an earlier post.  The official creed of the Church of Harmonic Convergence was “So, what’s your point?” rather than “What’s it to you?”  Upon retrospect, the two fit together quite well (another miracle of convergence) and … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2006/12/21/hallelujah/