War and Faith April 18, 2006 I can’t see our getting into a war with Iran — not while both countries are led by such cool, reasonable men. Of course at the moment both of them are snorting and pawing the earth with their forehooves a little; President Bush has indicated that he would be pleased with a little more regime change and fewer weapons of mass destruction in Iran, while President Ahmadinejad would be delighted to see Israel wiped off the map. But these are mere bargaining positions, the lofty dreams idealists bat around in idle moments. They’ll both come to their senses, and all things shall be well. Peace will prevail. Back here at home, though, Bush is in big trouble. He isn’t my idea of a conservative, but he’s the conservative liberals deserve; they’ve brought him on themselves, and I have no pity for them. Without them, he wouldn’t have been possible.... Both Bush and Ahmadinejad, for all their piety, seem to think they are acting on behalf of the Almighty. Since they have clashing conceptions of the divine will, at least one of them may be mistaken. But Bush and Ahmadenijad and millions of others share one article of faith: faith in the state. That is, faith in the authority of organized force, and ultimately faith in war. Indeed, how many modern people can shake this faith? Very few, I’m afraid. Many men who can’t believe in God find it nearly impossible to imagine society without the state — the threat of force. The more the state demands of us, the more harm it does, the more inconceivable life without it seems to become. Sometimes I think our coins should bear the legend: "In Caesar we trust." - rest at LINK Another excellent column by Joseph Sobran.