Mel thinks our civilization is on the decline -- linking Mayan human sacrifice to sending troops into Iraq in a "useless" war. I think Mel is still drinking. Of course this kind of tripe passes for lucid discourse in Hollywood it seems.
He does raise a valid question-- is Western Civilization waning? It seems ironic that the guy who was in Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 (1 and 2 are pillars of the West after all), Maverick and the Million Dollar Hotel would decry the decline and fall of western civilazation. More later on the decline of the west -- which I think the Iraq war delays -- natch.