My Catholic past and my Unitarian present is represented so well in the words of Sr. Joan Chittester:

George Bush’s only response to the complete obliteration of his excuse for the invasion of Iraq is a limp and pathetic remark. Not a regret. Not an apology. Not a resolve never to engage in such mindless warmaking again. Instead, in response to the families of the over 1,300 dead US soldiers who went there to destroy those “weapons” and the over 100,000 dead Iraqis who paid the price for that “mistake,” the only thing the president could think to say was “Isn’t the world better off without Saddam Hussein?”

It’s Inauguration Day. It’s time to ask that revered old political question again, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Watch the kinds of things you factor into the answer or you may miss the real effect of 9/11 and a government gone wild in its insane and immoral rush to make someone, apparently anyone, pay for it—“dead or alive.”

Courtesy of From Where I Stand.