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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Sunday May 19th 2024

Enter the Corner Store

By Peter Molenaar

At the height of his manhood, our Jesus would lead a nonviolent resistance to the Roman occupation. Then, three centuries later, the early period of Christian martyrdom would come to an end.

1189 ”“ 1192”¦

In the Third Crusade, evidently as a matter of convenience, Richard the Lionheart would slit the throats of 3,000 Muslims, children included.

1936”¦

George Dimitrov famously stated: Fascism is the open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, most chauvinist and most imperialist elements of finance capital.

1963”¦

The CIA facilitates the systematic murder of Iraqi communists ”“ including hundreds of doctors, teachers, and technicians.

1979”¦

Saddam Hussein assumes the Iraqi presidency (and is handed a fresh slate for execution) even as we (yes, “we”) arm Osama Bin Laden in his war against a secular “socialist” Afghan government.

[9-11] 2001”¦

2003”¦

“Shock and Awe.”

November 14, 2015

The man behind the counter was a familiar brown-complected Muslim who anticipated my request for a newspaper. The headline screamed: “Paris Under Siege!” The awkward moment was resolved through eye contact. “What is wrong with this crazy world?” he implored. “You are not the cause of it and neither am I” was my answer.

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