June 16, 2014 | WEBBIZ “proportion between the possible positive consequences and the sure negative effect of the conflict was not guaranteed. On the contrary, it seems clear that the negative consequences will be greater than anything positive that might be obtained.” Cardinal Ratzinger, April 2003 Yup. “The irony is painfully acute. Eleven years ago, in response to a terrorist attack by a group of anti-American religious fanatics, the United States invaded an Arab country with hardly any jihadis, or very few of them, to overthrow a secular dictator. Today, with much blood and money having been spent, northern and western Iraq is full of jihadis, and the U.S. government is figuring out how to prevent them from overrunning the rest of the country.” Every Catholic who pushed and pressed and lobbied for this war needs to take full responsibility for what is now happening in Iraq, ask for mercy and forgiveness, receive it, and refuse to be played by the same fools and criminals who played us a decade ago.