Saturday, September 10, 2011

Colin Powell: "Of course I regret it"

Where are the men and women in public life who, like Colin Powell, can say they were complicit in a terrible mistake and "Of course I regret it?"

Naturally, the horse is out of the barn and there is no putting him back, but that statement of regret sounds suspiciously like a kind of integrity that is just plain missing in the public (and sometimes private) arena.


  1. Hi there, Adam:

    firstly, I wanted to say that I tried to email you, but it looks like your is not working. At least it didn't work for me - maybe AOL doesn't like gmail???

    I am very glad to hear that Colin Powell is, on the anniversary of September 11th, making very important statements like this. As you said, integrity is often missing from today's society.

    And speaking of September 11th, we are conducting a survey on Buddhism in America in the ten years since the 9/11 Tragedies, since many people found solace in the teachings of Buddhism after 9/11. The survey is at:

    We hope to be able to answer the questions of why so many people become interested in Buddhism after the 9/11 attacks? Does Buddhism still play a role in their lives ten years after the attacks? How do the attitudes of new Buddhists differ from those who were Buddhists before 9/11?

    We kindly ask that you will join other webmasters like you by telling your readers about the survey and encouraging them to take it as well. You would be doing a great service to the Dharma community.

    And being that you are from the East coast, and are geographically closer to the events of 9/11, we would really appreciate it if you would take the survey, too.

    Will you kindly let us know if you will be joining hundreds of like-minded bloggers and webmasters by linking to the survey, or mentioning it on FaceBook or Twitter?

    Thank you, and Sawasdee Kha,

    Srisuda Hongthai
    The Buddha Garden

  2. Srisuda -- I tried the survey, but since I was unwilling to answer some questions, was rejected. While I do not disagree with those who consider Buddhism a religion, I do not share their belief. I have practiced Zen for 40 years. I'm not really sure if I am a "Buddhist" or not, but I still practice.