Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 02, 2002
In Reply to: Take anything on faith posted by Bob on November 30, 2002
: : I would like to know the exact meaning of the following: "We can't take anything on faith anymore".
: : The whole sentence is: "the government doesn't have a clue about how to get the terrorism situation under control. *We can't take anythingon faith anymore".
: : to my understanding it is: we cannot trust words anymore.
: : I'll be most grateful to anyone who answers.
: : thanks - Miri
: To take something "on faith" is to accept without question, without proof, without evidence.
: And since I live in the U.S., I can never take anything my government says on faith, since they keep appointing untrustworthy people, like Henry Kissinger (the unindicted war criminal) in charge of sensitive national security matters.
Just for the edification of this forum:
As national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations (1969-77), Kissinger oversaw a murderous American foreign policy, particularly in Latin America and in southern Asia, from Israel to Vietnam and Indonesia.
In Vietnam, after the US was compelled by business and popular pressure in 1968 to negotiate and end the regular bombing of North Vietnam, Kissinger shifted the bombardment to Laos and Cambodia and extended the war throughout the Nixon administration.
In Chile, Kissinger engineered the overthrow of an elected government on 9-11 of 1973 and installed the dictatorial and murderous Pinochet regime.
In Indonesia, Kissinger presided over a massacre of Timorese in 1974 that was proportionally more devastating than Pol Pot's contemporaneous murders in Cambodia.
"There is a sick hilarity to the idea of Henry Kissinger, who is a wanted war criminal in Chile, Argentina, and France for his role in the overthrow of Salvador Allende and his association with the terrorist network, Operation Condor, serving as head of the "independent" commission that will investigate the 9/11 attacks. It's comparable to appointing Hannibal Lechter to preside over the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials."