going straight to hell in order to bring everyone else with you?
Fafblog's Medium Lobster on the Zen of Iraq:
"Today's koan comes to us from none other than the aged master George Bush,
bodhisattva of gratuitous bloodshed:
One day a young monk came before Bush and said to him, "There were no
weapons of mass destruction. There was no threat from Saddam. Why then is
there a war?"
Bush replied, "True, there was no threat to justify the war. But still there
was a threat, and the war is justified."
A moment, now, to pause and reflect on the teachings of the war-buddha.
Like many of Bush's parables, this one plays with the contrast between
reality and illusion: the tax cuts will shrink the deficit but the deficit
is bigger than ever, America does not torture but America must keep torture
legal. The worldly eye sees these as contradictions, lies, and distortions;
the enlightened mind sees them as multiple facets of the same transcendent
To those bound to the material world, there must be a material cause for a
material war: physical weapons held by a physical enemy, actual ties to
actual terrorists, a palpable and existing threat. The enlightened mind,
however, sees past the facade of the Real to the broader world of
Hypotheticality that lies beyond it. Thus, the enlightened man does not
inspect the world of matter for physical weapons. He searches, deep within
the unscapes of the mind, for Weapons of Mass Possibility, hypothetically
ready to be used by imaginary terrorists on the helpless pretend citizens of
the world. Bush does not invade Iraq to destroy weapons that aren't there,
but to not-destroy the non-weapons that could have been there if things were