Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Worst of All Ingratitude

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude

~ William Shakespeare

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has stated that America’s intervention in the Middle East by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the worst of all worlds”.

Really? The archbishop sounds a lot like atheist Christopher Hitchens and his laughable assertion that religion "poisons everything." Regardless of theological persuasion, or lack of same, sweepingly negative hyperbole appears to be a British thing.

Britain doesn't suffer many tsunamis, earthquakes, or famines. If it did, the good archbishop might realize that the most consistent first responder on the scene of any global disaster is that moral reprobate, the U.S.A. In 2006, charitable giving in the United States set a new record of more than $295 billion.

And by the way, Archbishop, the preservation of the English language in your country is in large part due to the bravery and sacrifices of American troops in WWII. Even though we haven't done much for you lately--you're welcome.

Anyone who thinks that the U.S. has created the "worst of all worlds" is on another planet.