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Monday, November 23, 2009

War is Peace

Bumper sticker seen on the back of a Lexus also sporting two very faded magnetic "ribbons" and a John Cornyn sticker:

If you want peace

The irony should speak for itself; but apparently it can't. Of course, it wasn't that long ago that a pistol was called "The Peacemaker", and then a missile system got the same appellation. As we prepare to enter the holy season of Advent (well, "we" being some Christians, and not all of us, even then), the appeal to a Pax Romana is especially appropriate. And trenchant.

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.


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