Wisdom of the ancients

There is indeed nothing new under the sun. This in nowhere more true than when speaking of human folly.

Kyrie eleison.

Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.— Marcus Tullius Cicero

ht- American Digest dot org

Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Captain Emil Kapaun

Father KapaunFather Emil Kapaun, a Catholic chaplain in the US Army, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously on April 11, 2013. His life is also being investigated by the Catholic Church to determine if he is in fact a man who exemplified faith and virtue in heroic degree in his life. A documentary about his life will air on ETWN on Veteran’s day. Here are some excerpts from an interview with his family:

BNN: Can you share a specific story of his bravery–it sounds like there are many examples to choose from.

RW: There are many, both on the battlefield and in the POW camp. On the battlefield, perhaps the most famous is Kapaun brushing aside a Chinese soldier who was about to execute Herb Miller. Miller was lying in a ditch, his ankle broken by a hand grenade. Chinese soldiers were killing many of the wounded. Kapaun, who had negotiated the surrender of some other wounded Americans and himself was a captive at this time, saw this happening. He walked away from his group, brushed aside the befuddled soldier and picked Miller up and put him on his back. He then carried Miller for much of the long march to the POW camp. Miller and his wife, Joyce, attended Thursday’s ceremony at the White House. Miller later wept as he held the Medal of Honor won by Kapaun.

BNN: Is it common for Army Chaplains to throw themselves in harm’s way as Kapaun did?

RW: Certainly not uncommon. Six other chaplains before Kapaun have won the Medal of Honor, all of them for doing the same things in battle that Kapaun did. Soldiers who served with Kapaun, though, said he was shockingly brave, running through gunfire to rescue wounded soldiers while everyone else was ducking for cover. He also won a Bronze Star just after landing in Korea with the 8th Cavalry for leading a group of men in a rescue mission for two wounded soldiers.

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BNN: Regarding possible sainthood … what can you tell us about the status of this request, and how long has it been in discussion?

RW: I think the push for sainthood began in 1953, right after the POWs were released and began telling the story of Kapaun’s bravery and faith in the camp. I think the Army’s chaplain service first took up the cause, but for whatever reason it did not seem to move anywhere. The Wichita Diocese then took over more recently, under the leadership of Father John Hotze, and has made significant progress. A Vatican investigator has made at least two trips to Wichita to interview families and medical personnel involved in possible miracles attributed to Kapaun. One of the miracle families attended Thursday’s White House ceremony. In the summer of 2012, the diocese gathered up all of its documents on its investigation and shipped them to the Vatican. The investigator is finishing his report on the matter, which he will then present to Vatican officials.

Yes, I know this photo of him shows him with Lieutenant’s bars, not Captain’s bars.


The Duffel Blog has the story:

BAGHDAD, IRAQ – United Nations weapons inspectors have confirmed the announcement on Monday by the Iraqi government that its soldiers had finally discovered Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction program, completely upending the history of the Iraq War, once viewed as a pointless quagmire but now seen as a tough but necessary conflict.

The New York Times became the latest news outlet to completely reverse itself on the invasion of Iraq, with an editorial now referring to it as “the greatest decision of the century.”

The weapons, more than five thousand sarin gas artillery shells, six thousand gallons of anthrax, and two crude nuclear weapons, were located on Sunday in a previously-undiscovered bunker on the Syrian border by a pair of Iraqis who were using the structure as a makeshift toilet.

Well, well, well.  I would guess that this is evidence that even the Mainstream Propaganda Machine can’t ignore, except that they have ignored so much else over the years, including plenty of evidence that these weapons existed both prior to and during the war, including that reported by the Iraq Survey group.  In so far as the latter is concerned, I recall very clearly all the “news” outlets trumpeting Dr. Kay’s words, “We found not WMD in Iraq” while ignoring the follow on sentence, “What we found led us to conclude that Iraq was a much more dangerous place than we had initially believed.”  But maybe I would be guessing wrong.  Maybe its because the occupant of the White House is no longer George W. Bush and the new occupant can wrap himself in the aura of satisfaction and relief that this news has engendered.