Thursday, June 23, 2005
Karl Rove isn't stupid. Therefore, he must be Evil.
Let us analyze this statement. Clearly Karl gets it. I think he’s 100% correct. Conservatives believed that they could bomb our enemies into submission.
Now almost 4 years later the insurgency in Iraq grows, the War in Iraq wasn’t a cakewalk, the Taliban in Afghanistan are resurgent, Osama bin Laden is still on the loose, 1,700 American soldiers can be added to the list of dead, another 10,000 are permanently disabled, 25-100,000 dead Iraqis can be added to the pile, the CIA claims that Iraq has become a more dangerous training ground for Terrorists than Afghanistan was during the 80’s, we have sunk nearly $300 billion into Iraq, Iraq is now on the brink of civil war destablizing the entire middle east, and U.S. military leaders say that for every terrorist they kill they create three more.
"Therefore, I say: Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle." - Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Maybe if we had understood our enemies, things would be different. But then again we learned this lesson once, in a little place called Vietnam.
* morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
* morally objectionable behavior
* depraved: having the nature of vice
* that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune; "the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"- Shakespeare
* tending to cause great harm
* the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
* malefic: having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
* Evil is a term describing that which is morally bad, corrupt, wantonly destructive, selfish, and wicked. In most Christian and Western cultures, and some Eastern ones, the word is used to describe acts, and sometimes thoughts and ideas, commonly known as sin, that are thought to originate with Satan and challenge the law or will of God.
* is not a word or thought used much by Wiccans. And more associated with the Christian & Satan beliefs.
* is the antithesis of good in all its principal senses, in the widest sense, evil is that which is the reverse of good, whatever is censurable, mischievous, or undesirable, morally depraved, bad, wicked, vicious; doing or tending to do harm, hurtful, mischievous, prejudicial, depraved intention or purpose, desire for another’s harm, causing discomfort, pain, or trouble, unpleasant, offensive, disagreeable, troublesome, painful. "Abstain from all appearance of evil" means not to do, think or say it if another can misconstrue it. "Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed
* Scott Peck defines evil as that which kills, the body as well as the spirit.
* The opposite or absence of good. One form of evil, physical evil, is a result of the "state of journeying" toward its ultimate perfection in which God created the world, involving the existence of the less perfect alongside the more perfect, the constructive and the destructive forces of nature, the appearance and disappearance of certain beings. Moral evil, however, results from the free choice to sin which angels and men have; it is permitted by God, who knows how to derive good from it, in order to respect the freedom of his creatures. The entire revelation of God's goodness in
* (See "Sin.") Evil is relative, not absolute; limited, not endless; finite, not infinite. If man is its author, it must be limited; as an effect cannot transcend its cause: and if God is its author, it cannot be absolute; as there can be nothing in an effect not contained in its cause: and as God is infinitely good, he cannot be the author of infinite evil. Evil is like the staging of a building,-- essential to the progress of the edifice, but having no part in the completed work. It is necessary to imperfection. It is an accompaniment of development
* an organization of immortals which was headquartered in Hell. The group was unofficially led by Michael "Warlock" Ferier, and was responsible for the so-called Apocalypse. Other members include Ryan "Plasman" Hunter, Scott "Bloodstreak" Ferier, Daniel "Ballistic Boy" Shephard, Thranade mo "Demonik" Nika'thraga, and James "Elemental" Rayne.
* Moral rebellion against God. It is contrary to the will of God. There is natural evil (floods, storms, famines, etc.) and moral evil (adultery, murder, idolatry, etc.). Natural evil is a result of moral evil. Adam's sin resulted in sin entering the world allowing floods, storms, famines, etc. Evil originated with Satan (Is. 14:12-14) and is carried on by man (Matt. 15:18,19). (See Theodicy.)
* An act or event that is contrary to the good and holy purposes of God.
* That which seems destructive.
* is a very old term describing that which is morally bad, corrupt, wantonly destructive, selfish, and wicked. It is one half of the duality of good and evil expressed, in some form or another, by many cultures. It describes a hierarchy of moral standards with regard to human behaviour; evil being the least desired, while love is usually the most praised. In a casual or derogatory use, the word "evil" can characterize people and behaviours that are painful, ruinous, or disastrous.
* Wickedness, moral depravity, sin; whatever is censurable, painful, malicious, or disastrous; the evil part or element of anything. A wrongdoing, a crime, a sin. The evil people. A disaster, a misfortune. A disease, a sickness Oxford Dictionary
* Things that are not of God.
Sun Tzu - The Art of War