The Kleveland Kracker Korner
This article was originally published on July 19 , 2009 . I thought in view of all that is going on in the world today it merited another read.
Dear Readers :
Do any of you find it strange that Pope Benedict goes to the Middle East on a mission of peace to speak to our Moslem and Jewish brothers and is vilified by,both Moslem and Jewish religious leaders ? Who does the Pope think he is Anne Coulter? What an amazing albeit unintended effect this man of peace has on other religious "men of peace".It amazes me that both the Jewish leaders and Moslem leaders so clearly chose to miss the point of the Pope's message and trip entirely. Could it be that they are too busy focusing on extracting their respective pounds of flesh?
I'm astounded that the leaders of both groups want a PERSONAL apology and an apology as a representative of The Holy See from the Pope for their perceived grievances. The Jewish leaders want an apology from the Pope as a representative of The Church for the Church's alleged complicity in Nazi atrocities.To the best of my knowledge no Church complicity in Nazi atrocities has ever been proven. There is however much evidence to prove that The Church was instrumental in confronting the Nazis and in protecting individual Jews.They also want a PERSONAL apology from the Pope for his service in the Nazi military during WW 2. The fact that he was conscripted into these services against his will and deserted at his first opportunity seems to matter little to these apology seekers. How come Senator Robert Byrd who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in his youth can be credited with " having a change of heart" and now be viewed as a man of peace and racial harmony but The Pope will always be viewed as a Nazi? Why is it that Saint Obama who has a very well documented history of association with murdering domestic terrorists is viewed as a Man of Hope and Change. The Messiah of The Deranged Masses if you will but the Pope will always be viewed as a Nazi?
I'm a Christian though not a Catholic and even I can see why the Catholics get real tired of this little game.I will think about conveying my personal apology to the Jewish people when I just once here one of the Jewish religious leaders mention all the other non Jewish people that were killed in the Shoah. When the Pope spoke recently at Yad Vashem all I read about was how upset the Jewish religious leaders and people were that the Pope didn't address their suffering via the atrocities committed against them more forcefully. Not a word was uttered about the handicapped , the Gypsies , the Communists , the undesirables ,the Catholics , the trade unionists etc etc etc. What Jewish leader speaks for them?As far as I know no Jewish leader speaks for them. I've never heard a word spoken from any Jewish leader in remembrance and honor of them.That is the Pope's job. He does it admirably in my opinion. I will think about conveying my personal apology to the Jewish people when I hear a Jewish religious leader condem forcefully the Jewish doctors that abort Catholic and Protestant babies. Who speaks of this holocaust? Where is the Yad Vashem Of The Unborn? I will think about conveying my personal apology to the Jewish people when I hear some Jewish religious and political leaders admit and apologize for the atrocities committed by their nation and people. Yes Yes I know it's very unfashionable to call Israel / The Jewish people to task for any of their mistakes. It is also very naive to think that Israel / The Jewish people alone have no blood on their hands. Indeed that view is naive and dangerous. Israel / The Jewish people are part of humanity and all of humanity has blood on it's hands.Israel / The Jewish people are no exception. They have been both victim and perpetrator as has every nation and people. It is The Human Condition. I don't see it changing any time soon. Would that The Second Coming would happen tomorrow and put a stop to all of this. Unfortunately I think that is a bit in the future yet.
The Moslems are upset with His Holiness for a perceived lack of comittment in fighting Moslem / Islamic defamation.They also seem to be still harboring a grudge regarding The Crusades. I'm pleased that His Holiness has not proffered the desired apology since none is required in my opinion.
I will think about offering my personal apology to the Islamic people when I hear their leaders forcefully repudiate terrorism. When women are no longer stoned to death for adultery. When girls are allowed to go to school. When Buddhist archaeological treasures in their countries are no longer destroyed.When they stop trying to force Sharia Law on the rest of us. Yes folks the list of conditions that the Islamic people will need to meet before I even think of offering my personal apology to them is a long and distinguished one. I think we all can be pretty confident about exactly when those conditions will be met.
When Satan has a lemonade stand in Hell.
I'm really curious about this phenomenon of people needing an apology from someone that has not aggrieved them. About ten years ago I was in Hawaii and had the pleasure of meeting some young Japanese people. They were in their twenties and were thoroughly charming. One night right out of the clear blue this 25'ish Japanese woman apologized to me personally for W.W.2. I was flabbergasted to say the least considering her age and the fact that she couldn't possibly have done anything to me or my family. I don't know exactly where this need for apologies or to give apologies when none are required originated from although I suspect as with the vast majority of stupid ideas it emanates from Dumbass / Liberon political philosophy. P.C. gone wild if you will. I find it very disturbing. There is no reason to make people feel guilty for sins they did not commit. The son is not required to pay for the sins of the Father.
If you are a British citizen that did not directly do anything to my Irish relatives do NOT apologize to me . None is necessary or sought.
If you are of European ancestry and did not do anything directly to my Native American relatives do NOT apologize to me. None is necessary or sought.
If you are A German who did not do anything directly to my American relatives in W.W.2 do NOT apologize to me. None is necessary or sought.
If you are a Japanese who did not do anything directly to my American relatives in W.W.2. do NOT apologize to me. None is necessary or sought.
It's ALWAYS about a pound of flesh and NEVER about justice.
I think I've made myself clear.
I invite your comments
Greetings from The Cracker Riviera.