Mel Gibson on Dying Civilizations

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Dan McCarthy notes this from from Mel Gibson on his new film about the collapse of Mayan civilization:

In describing its portrait of a civilization in decline, Gibson said, “The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again,” drawing parallels between the Mayan civilization on the brink of collapse and America’s present situation. “What’s human sacrifice,” he asked, “if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?”

What excites me about Mel Gibson’s outspoken opposition to the Iraq war is that conservative Christians might listen to him. In my experience, my misguided brethren dump opposition to the Iraq War in with other policy positions held by “liberals” (leftists). They (often correctly) view the leftists’ other positions with contempt and so they figure this one must be just as bad. But Mel Gibson earned his conservative spurs with The Passion and the firestorm of criticism it drew from the usual suspects, (including, let it be noted, a number of neocons). Hopefully it won’t be so easy to dismiss his criticism.

3:04 pm on September 25, 2006