December 29, 2002
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 27.12.2002 LONDON - The leader of the world's Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, used his first Christmas address to attack the British and American Governments over possible war with Iraq. In a speech broadcast on BBC Radio, the Church of England leader criticised politicians for missing "the huge and obvious things and wreaking yet more havoc and suffering". In a thinly veiled attack on US President George W. Bush and staunch ally Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, he said it was those who society regarded as "wise men" who couldn't help "making the most immense mistakes of all". "Wise Men" OR -------------------- The Manners of Fools It seems to me that the first mistake of the new Archbishop of Canterbury /note: a distant relative William Temple the Archbishop of Canterbury and his father Frederick Temple the Archbishop of Canterbury qualify me to comment on the latest Archbishop/, is to characterize Bush and Blair /"frickandfrack"/ as being regarded by society as "wise men". Shame on you Rowan Williams -- you should be current enough to understand that wisdom has very little to do with getting into political office in the USofA and UK these days. . . .Blair's own Catholic priest accused him of "moral surrender" over Iraq. Rome -- The Pope called on an audience of 20,000 in St Peter's Square at the Vatican to help "extinguish the ominous smouldering of a conflict which, with the joint efforts of all, can be avoided". "extinguish the ominous smouldering" ----------------------------------- Hey, that's dubya's brain, man. Pope John Paul II is a favorite of mine but I must protest that the ominous smouldering is dubya blowing smoke out his ears /and other body orifices/. "Love one another. . ." ----------------------- Commitment/compassion The USofA has, in the past twenty years, abbrogated, coopted, or compromised every humanitarian agreement it has signed in the last hundred years. The G-word in this country is no longer God but Greed with a capital G. The CEO to employee earnings ratio has gone from 45:1 in the 1970's to 500:1 recently; which means that when the average employee earns $30,000/yr the CEO rakes in $15million, not for the corporation but for himself personally. And 1.8million people have exhausted, or been cut off from, all unemployment benefits with another 95,000/WEEK exhausting their state benefits thereby rendering them without any income also. By the end of January that means more than 2.2 million people will have no income whatsoever. And the US Congress retired to their holiday celebrations without any regard for these people /but dubya saw fit to "restore" large bonuses for "his people"/. In light of that, the extravagant decorating of the White House was inappropriate; much of the decorating was done with food, i.e. fruit and chocolate/gingerbread, etc. This my friends is debauchery and mocks the Spirit of Christmas. While many are going hungry the "elite" ostentatiously exhibit their greed. RIGHT CAN AND WILL TRIUMPH OVER MIGHT Jean M. Temple, MBA "MarvelousMom" (codename:GraceUnlimited)

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