It also really sucks that the gas prices are $3 a gallon.
Is that the fault of the war? Did Katrina have really bad timing? (Can you imagine the White House last year? "That damn effing hurricane! As if we needed more impact on oil and natural gas!") We really can't blame the brewing confrontation with Iran on the decision to invade Iraq, and that is affecting oil prices. (Holy crap if the situation doesn't seem eerily familiar, UN inspectors, sanctions, radical Islamic western hating leader...)
Certainly many places in Iraq are better off now than they were before we came in and
In contrast, this past weekend marked another war-related anniversary. It was on April 29th, 1429 that Joan d'Arc arrived at the siege at Orleans to inspire French troops to take back the country from the British for Charles VII. Joan was sort of the insurgency of the 15th century. Except of course she didn't blow herself up to kill British. She did want them out of her country though.
I just thought it was an interesting contrast given how many people critical of US policy call the Bush administration "imperialist". I mean that's a stretch. We're just trying to spread democracy. And drive our cars.
Damn this is way too serious for a Monday morning. Let's all go back to bed, and when we wake up, I'll make us all bacon and eggs and we can have mimosas.
I did learn this famous story about her trial in Wikipedia when I was reading up on her history. (Of which I knew little before this posting.) During her trial for heresy, she was asked if "she knew she was in God's grace." It was a trick question, for if she said yes, she would be implicating herself as a heretic, if she said no, she would be admitting her own guilt. Her answer apparently stupified her inquisitors: "If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me." Brilliant huh? She was very intelligent for an illiterate farm girl. Being burned to death---the thought makes me shudder.
Today my town is voting on whether or not to authorize a spending override. We need the money badly for the schools and other town services like the library and public safety. I actually participated in the campaign to win support for it. I held a big sign at the major intersection in town and made phone calls. It felt good to do something. Certainly nothing like Joan, but we all lead the charge in whatever way we can right? So you book club girls who I know read don't forget to VOTE!
Oh- and P.S-hameless self promotion. I posted my submission for this week's What if? exercise. Go read it. :)