Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Christian Peacemakers Kidnapped and Staying the Course
Actually believing Jesus words, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," Christian Peacemaker Teams have been Iraq opposing the American occupation and asking "What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?"
As you may have heard 4 peace activists were kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq and are being held as supposed spies. Although these men, as they follow Jesus, knew the risks and were willing to take those risks, I wanted to take the chance to highlight these brothers and their plight. Please pray for these men and their families as they may pay the ultimatr price for their discipleship. Here is more on the situation, along with details on what CPT is doing in Iraq.
What may surprise you is my belief that leaving Iraq at this time would be a mistake. How can a believer in the Spiritual Discipline of Non-violence (I no longer use the term pacifist for myself) say such a thing? Am I just being a Contrarian once again, just to make life difficult? Actually, no.
While I strongly disagree with this administration that leaving Iraq would make America less safe (complete rubbish- we are less safe now because of our misguided intrusion into a soverign state posing less threat to the US than many others, even if they were ruled by a ruthless despot- no more of a despot than North Korea, Sudan, Suadi Arabia and much of the middle east and africa, which we would never intervene in), I do believe that we must be there until the mess WE created is cleaned up. If we were to leave now, complete pandemonium would erupt (which may be what is needed for a true democracy to arrive- which is another point altogether) in that nation and it would be our fault. Of course, I think staying the course is untenable, due to the ineptitude of this administration's running of the war so far.. Where does that leave us?
Sadly, we are in a Catch-22. Either we leave now and see a nation descend into chaos or we continue our presence, hoping that the handlers of the war will begin to listen to dissenting voices (like Reagan and Bush 1 did) and differing opinions on how to run a war (maybe they can actually listen to a few soldiers) instead of "staying the course" and creating more bedlam.
I will continue to pray for my enemies and work for peace myself.