Multiple choice: In the past year Edward Hoagland has received the Eucharist from the cardinal of Milan, witnessed Mother Teresa’s beatification by the pope in Rome, held hands with a circle of Quakers in Vermont, and attended Methodist, Episcopal and Pentecostal churches.
Repeating ourselves: Laurel Wamsley, 20-year-old daugher of a Vietnam veteran, traveled to Vietnam to come to terms with what the U.S. did there a generation ago. She discovered that people didn’t hate her because she’s American, but they didn’t seem to want to talk about the war.
Stories about home: When representatives of the native community met with British Columbia officials to discuss contested land, the natives expressed dismay that the government claimed rights to land their people had long occupied. One native elder asked: “If this is your land, where are your stories?” He understood that story gives meaning and value to the place we call home.
Ticking time bombs: The vanquished of war, says war correspondent Chris Hedges, rarely speak about the horrors at the time. That comes much later, particularly when they look back on the suffering they endured as children, and on what it was like to see a mother or father taken away or a community destroyed. Those who execute wars, Hedges observes, also carry scars.
“Hostility toward America has reached shocking levels.” —Advisory group on public diplomacy appointed by the White House
“It is unlikely that Iraq could have destroyed, hidden or sent out of the country the hundreds of tons of chemical and biological weapons . . . that officials claim were present without the United States detecting some sign of this activity.”