Random Musings from Wrigley Field's Upper Deck

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

British sailors seized, will be tried and probably executed by kangaroo court in Iran. Meanwhile, Muslim activists in the Middle East have executed their third non-Muslim prisoner in as many weeks in the most gruesome possible fashion. Of course, a Saudi exile living in Afghanistan was responsible three years ago for killing over 3000 innocent people. Regardless of what you think of the Bush administration (and I'm far from agreeing with it on most points), you have to admit that the most dangerous and inhuman people in the world live in the swath of countries beginning at the southeast corner of Turkey and stretching east to Pakistan.

Here's the real question, though: is this trait (extreme inhumanity) an inherent part of just the Islamic psyche, or is it common to all religious people? Is it just Muslims who say or think or feel that your choice is either to agree with them or to die a painful and miserable death? Or do all religions teach this degree of hatred of outsiders (at least to varying degrees)?

Saturday, June 05, 2004

I'd like to salute the veterans of D-day. There's not much I can say except thank you. The sacrifice of those who died and the ingenuity and bravery of those who survived is in part responsible for our ability to sit calmly sixty years on and talk about baseball and the state of the world. The Normandy invasion was the most important battle of the twentieth century's most important war, and it ranks right up there in probably the top ten most influential moments in human history. With the WWII veterans leaving us rapidly in recent years, I'd like to say thanks to those of them still around to hear.

For coverage of the activities in Normandy this weekend, see this page.

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