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,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.
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