Militants attacked a convoy of mini-buses and killed 49 soldiers in Iraq, according to weekend news reports. If it hadn’t been for the number of dead, we might not have noticed. The daily count of killed and wounded no longer shocks us. It is a common story.
It seemed to start off simply enough, this intervention. And there were plenty of reasons for doing what had to be done: an evil dictator, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, regional instability.
But all those excuses, boiled down, equal only this: Oil from the Middle East powers our free market economy, and Iraq sits on the world’s second-largest known supply. Saddam Hussein’s resistance of the western world threatened our financial security. His rumored weapons programs and ties to terrorist groups gave us all the evidence we needed to justify a pre-emptive strike.
Where has the Church been? Some believers have opposed the war. Others have stood on their Sunday soap-boxes and preached the righteousness of violence on behalf of the oppressed.
But violence can never defeat violence. And Christians who support the idea of a "just war" may not be serving the same God that Jesus called his Father.
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