I said it once, I'll say it a thousand times. I love this Pope. He so gets it.Bad dah bing, bad dah boom.
German-born Pope Benedict XVI walked alone under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau as he began a poignant visit to the site where Hitler's Germany killed 1.1 million people in World War II.
Pope Benedict Prays at Auschwitz With Survivors
Pope Benedict XVI travelled to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz to pray with former inmates on the last leg of his tour of Poland, his visit marred by news of an attack on the country's chief rabbi.
From the Corner;
Regarding Michael Ledeen's comment on the Pope's questioning of God as to where He was when the innocent were being slaughtered at the death camps, and why He did not intervene against this evil — "I think the question is more properly directed at man rather than the Almighty, who gave us the ability to distinguish between good and evil and the obligation to make our own choices" says Michael, and I do not argue his point — it's worth noting another direct questioning of the Almighty: "Father, why have you abandoned me?" If Christ, omniscient, may question God, surely so too may the mere mortal Benedict. Is it not natural for children (which includes the sons and daughters of God), even as adults, to ask, in times of despair, where their parents — their protectors — are? Of course, what is more important than the asking of the question is the answer, which defines the relationship between God and Man, and indeed all morality.
UPDATE: Disgusting Memorial Day stuff here
OTOH, Great Memorial Day stuff here
And the Ogre has the best round-up here
Memorial Day Movie at Cao's here
UPDATE: WAR BLOG
The real story of how the 20th Century began here (not for the squemish (hat tip Bruce H)
Ben Stein on the ultimate, selfless sacrifice here (hat tip Irwin);
"A bad day for me is when I get stuck in traffic or have a toothache or notice that I have gained weight or my teenage son is surly.
"A bad day for you is realizing that the only man or woman you have ever loved is gone for this lifetime."
A VAN DER LEUN Memorial day tribute, as only Gerard can write it here (love that name)