Thursday, July 26, 2007

War as a Learning Opportunity

As Joe Carter points out, thinking people should have been able to learn something from the US intervention in Iraq. His essay, "This I No Longer Believe: 5 Lessons Learned from the Iraq War" echoed within the hollows of my spirit as I read it. How true his 5 points seem to be! And how telling, and saddening, do each of the points seem to be with respect to the changing of our national culture.

This I no longer believe:

1. That democracy can be enforced by the sword (or missile)...

2. That people's hearts can be won with political theories...

3. That even the best of politicians works for purely altruistic agendas....

4. That the term "American" has a definite meaning...

5. That America is "One Nation under God"...

I hearken back to the words of Isaiah...
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the LORD.

Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster;
he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against the house of the wicked,
against those who help evildoers.

But the Egyptians are men and not God;
their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When the LORD stretches out his hand,
he who helps will stumble,
he who is helped will fall;
both will perish together.


- Isaiah 31:1-3
Our Greatest Lord and Saviour, forgive us our hearts of evil, our misdirected steps of futility, and make straight our way forward. Lighten the burdened hearts of all who have suffered loss through our folly. Stay the hand of the Evil One, and break the hearts of those who would do His bidding. Protect and guide our soldiers in harm's way, and strengthen their resolve to protect the innocent, even in these worse of situations. And bless the people of Iraq, and reveal Yourself to them through Your efforts, so that they may rebuild their lives in the only meaningful way.

Your servant,

Sir Chuck

5 comments:

  1. 1. That democracy can be enforced by the sword (or missile)...

    2. That people's hearts can be won with political theories...

    3. That even the best of politicians works for purely altruistic agendas....

    4. That the term "American" has a definite meaning...

    5. That America is "One Nation under God"...

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    1. all governments are enforced by the sword

    2. The Communists and the Facists used to win people's hearts by political theories

    3. Whether a politician is being altruistic is beside the point as long as he does what you wish.

    4. American means legal citizen of a political entity centered at the mid-latitudes of the North American Continent. That is pretty definite.

    5. All nations are under God whether they want to be or not


    Sir Jason

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  2. Ole'!

    :-)

    1. Governments, yes. Real democracy, no...

    2. Minds, yes; but hearts? Do they "love" communism, or even Comrade Putin, for that matter?

    3. Spoken like a lobbyist. But I'm just a regular guy; and they were so much easier to vote for when I thought they really meant what they said.

    4. You Pharisee :-)

    5. Amen! But some are waaaay under Him, and sinking fast.

    Sir C

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  3. 1. Governments, yes. Real democracy, no..

    That depends on how you define Democracy. But even villiages ruled by a town meeting have a constable.



    3. Spoken like a lobbyist. But I'm just a regular guy; and they were so much easier to vote for when I thought they really meant what they said.


    Actually spoke like a historian who knows people are imperfect and if they were perfect we wouldn't need government



    2. Minds, yes; but hearts? Do they "love" communism, or even Comrade Putin, for that matter?

    Not anymore they don't. It was buyer's regret. In any case only a small portion need determine the course of a nation for most people are Vicars of Bray. And for a while Communism and Fascism were popular. Actually Fascism was more popular-Communism is an intellectual's religion and what the people were really worshiping was "no more absentee landlords and snobby sahibs". Which is why it never caught on successfully in Europe.

    In any case winning hearts and minds is an unfortunate phrase. Religions win hearts. Governments just win support and hearts are good luck.
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    You Pharisee :-)

    It is pretty easy to be legalistic about-the law. And what was asked for was a definite meaning, not a poetic one.

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    Amen! But some are waaaay under Him, and sinking fast.


    Most nations do worse then we do

    Sir Jason

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  4. OK, I give :-)

    Sir C, bloodied and bowed

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  5. OK, I give :-)

    Sir C, bloodied and bowed
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    Cheer up. Not many have the chance to break lances with such a glorious knight as myself.

    Sir Jason

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