The war. Sigh.

March 24, 2003

[Cross with the words 'kyrie eleison']The war is intruding on my thoughts.

…First, there was a commentator on NPR this morning who said that moderate Muslim leaders who spoke out against the 9/11 attacks are now saying that “Islam itself is the direct target” of the war in Iraq. Say what you will about short-term necessity; this commentary chilled me because of its long-term implications. The U.S. can say, “No, that’s not true” until it’s blue in the face; it doesn’t change the perceptions, and perceptions form your reality.

…Then I read Jordon Cooper’s posting of a Tony Campolo sermon, in which he stated that U.S. policy towards Palestinians and now towards Iraq is effectively sabotaging efforts to bring Jesus to the Muslim world.

…Finally, I have been surprised at how sanitary the war coverage has been. I mean, it’s a war for crying out loud; no matter how precise the attacks are, civilians are bound to be killed. There have certainly been military casualties on both sides. But western reporters are staying far away from portraying the horrors of war. Al-Jazeera feels no such constraint. Gentle reader, I will not offer any links, but if you feel the need to get beyond reports of strategy and tactics and be reminded that war is hell for all, you can find these disturbing images as easily as I did. But don’t do it unless your stomach is strong.

++ Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. ++

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.