On Space Shuttle Discovery’s last day before undocking for the trip home, the crew awoke to U2’s Beautiful Day in honor of one of their astronauts. Given the human carnage in the Middle East 220 miles below, the song might have been U2’s Love & Peace or Else.
Baby don’t fight
We can talk this thing through
It’s not a big problem
It’s just me and you
You can call or I’ll phone
The TV is still on
But the sound is turned down
And the troops on the ground
Are about to dig in
And I wonder where is the love?
The other irony of shuttle Discovery’s return trip, is America’s effort to put weapons into space. President Bush cancelled the START treaty with Russia for the express purpose of developing space based weapons, prohibited by that agreement. Of course, the United States says such weapons would be only for defensive purposes.
Hasn’t that been the reason for development of most new weapon types? The atom bomb developed during World War II has only been used by the United States and the trigger pulled for “defensive purposes”. The nuclear weapon has become the equalizer, the preventive weapon that keeps the United States’ heavy hand at bay. Thus we need a newer, shinier, more powerful weapon that no one else has, space weapons!
Atom bombs and space weapons are the modern day swords that Jesus implored be turned into plowshares. The modern day prophets do not occupy the halls of government around the world. Discovery listened to one their final day in currently non-weaponized space as U2’s last album title was How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. I think Bush & his ilk don’t want the Kingdom of God to come down on earth, they want to blow it to kingdom come. That means more sales for weapons makers, undertakers, and infrastructure shapers. Yes, where is the love?