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  • Virginia Tech Was An Act Of Evil, Not A "Tragedy" (Ben Shapiro: Time To Identify Evil Alert)

    04/25/2007 12:07:03 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 72 replies · 1,231+ views ^ | 04/25/2007 | Ben Shaipro
    Most contracts for goods and services contain an "Act of God" provision. Such provisions typically allow contracting parties to dissolve a contract in case of an unexpected and unavoidable catastrophe: an earthquake, a tsunami, a lightning strike. This is perfectly logical. Man can act based on predictions about human behavior, but has no control over forces of nature. Conversely, human actions demand human responsibility. Only Divine action should be written off as inevitable tragedy. The Virginia Tech massacre was not an act of God -- it was undeniably an act of man. Yet many Americans have instinctively treated this massive...
  • How can anyone be a bystander while someone is stabbed? Mark Steyn

    09/12/2003 7:26:42 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 98 replies · 490+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 12 Sep 2003 | Mark Steyn
    How can anyone be a bystander while someone is stabbed? By Mark Steyn (Filed: 13/09/2003) On September 11, 2001, the first individual to be named among the dead was the wife of the US Solicitor-General, Barbara Olson, whom I'd sat next to at dinner a couple of months earlier. On September 11, 2003, I woke to the news of the death of the Swedish foreign minister, Anna Lindh, whom I also sat next to a couple of months ago, at a conference. I can't claim anything other than the most casual acquaintance with either lady, but even an accidental proximity...
  • Letter to the Editor (Wash. Post) by George Kennan

    03/25/2003 12:41:57 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 19 replies · 333+ views
    The Washington Post | 3-25-2003 | George Kennan
    I am extremely concerned about the shameful, almost total passivity of Congress during the period of preparations for our military attack on Iraq. (I recognize as exceptions Sen. Robert C. Byrd's noble statement in the Senate [In Brief, March 20] and the belated but vigorous statements of Sen. Thomas A. Daschle [news story, March 18].) Congress's inaction is dangerous precedent in executive-legislative relations. In light of this precedent, future presidents will be tempted to seize virtually dictatorial powers under the title of commander in chief, and nothing in our history rules out the possibility of their yielding to that temptation....