Had things worked out between the People's Republic of North Korea and the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave as fantasized by the happy campers of the Clinton White House back when Maddy met Kim in October of 2000 (above left), her shimmering patronym -- Albright -- as contrasted to his [first/last?] name -- Il [Ill?] -- would have been metaphorical fodder for the blogger's mill. But as it turned out, we're using the PRNKs recent new-Q-lar unpleasantness as an opportunity to tout a new category for this blog, "Take your pick." This is the third time we've asked ourselves that very question. It's starting to look like a meme. In this case, it's Kim Jong-Il vs. Boston's warm and wise and user-friendly Cardinal O'Malley (above right, Cardinal Seán's Fall Trip to Rome photo): Take your pick. Previous take your picks here and here.
Our sis is forever lightly scolding us with the epithet "too soon made glad." No doubt we are, and in that spirit we now confess that Boston's own Cardinal Seán O'Malley makes us smile with our heart. He blogs at Cardinal Seán’s Fall Trip To Rome, where the comments confirm the Capuchin monk chosen by Papa Ratzi to lead the oft beleaguered Archdiocese of Boston out of the desert is really on to something. Here's what we asked His Eminence today via the comments there:
Your blog is truly warm and wonderful and inspiring, and I’m not even catholic. As the late Oriana Fallaci said, “If an atheist and a pope [Papa Ratzi] think the same things, there must be something true.”
My question for you, should you find time and interest to respond in a future post, is what are we to make of the Amish community’s forgiveness of the torturer and murderer of their children? My thinking is that their response is only the other side of the coin of Islamic radicals’ violent response to the slightest offense. In my view, both -- presumably justified by religious arguments -- are not only extreme but inhuman. The Amish response amounts to appeasement of bad behavior, which would seem to encourage rather than restrain future bad acts.
We invite our readers' thoughts.