War is Peace, Peace is War

The events in Libya of late have had the not so pleasant effect of distracting us from a great deal of other important things. Like, I dunno, the still failed economy, the devastation of Japan, the continued oil leaks in the Gulf of Mexico, the new government of Egypt, the wars we’re already fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and a whole host of others.

I am wholeheartedly behind the efforts of the Libyan protestors, not being particularly fond of any government especially dictatorial ones. I rather wish we could gather that sort of enthusiasm here in the US against a government that is scarcely less corrupt than Libya’s; merely better at concealing it. At any rate, I support them.

But once we started raining tomahawk missiles and pouring smart bombs across their cities I felt a little at odds. Of course I supported the Libyans. Of course I hated that Gaddafi was killing the opposition. But at least we were targeting military targets right? I mean, even being vehemently anti-war I could kind of sorta support that given all that was at stake. We are just protecting innocents.

But then the reports started coming in; the inevitable had happened. Our bombs were of course directed at military targets, but a bombs a bomb. They are made for killing, and even “smart” bombs miss. Dozens of civilians have been killed by our efforts to stop innocent and senseless deaths. And of course the inevitable terror of being under constant threat from the sky: an unforeseeable, unpredictable threat. Sure, the bombs aren’t aimed at them but if you were stuck in the middle of a firing range I doubt the fact that the bullets were aimed for the targets and not you would make you feel that much better.

I might be able to ignore it, if we weren’t always doing just this. We stand with the innocent, but more often than not our purported efforts to protect end up killing them. I mean how stupid are we? Do you really think you can drop something designed to blast a bunker to all hell and back in the middle of a city and not kill innocents?

But this is all tangential from what I meant to say. Which was simply this: maybe we ought, as this article points out, stop bombing dictators and merely stop giving them bombs in the first place. We give millions to dictators all around the world, Egypt, Yemen, and, yes, Libya included. Hell, we put both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein in power in the 80s when they were involved in very similar fights to establish “freedom” in their respective nations. We created our own enemies.
So maybe it’s time we finally stopped meddling in other countries. Maybe it’s time we stopped killing in the name of life. Maybe it’s time to stop wars for peace.
(Photo from Boston’s Big Picture.)

Little Things

I saw a whale breach today off the coast at sharks cove. Made my day in more ways than I can explain.

Anyway, I happened to be listening to King Charles at the time and I noticed a link in the lyrics of two of his songs, whether intentional or not really doesn’t matter to me.

In Love Lust, King Charles ends by chanting:

Love will set your soul on fire,
Love will set your soul on fire.

And then later in We Didn’t Start the Fire:

No, we didn’t start the fire.
No it’s always burning,
Since the world was turning.
We didn’t start the fire.
No we didn’t light it,
but we tried to fight it.

Having the verse, “We love Him, because He first loved us” engrained in my mind (and having had a English professor who convinced me that all beauty is truth and thus of God) what stood out to me is if we were to stick the two together we would see that we didn’t start the fires of love, nor did we encourage them. We have fought them, always and everywhere do we fight God and His love for us. Not only does God give us the grace that we call salvation, He gives us the grace that is the ability to accept it.

What a Savior have we.

A Reason To Swear

19 March 2003: the US invades Iraq.
Eight years later what have we accomplished?
4,439 American troops dead.
100,000 wounded.
1,421,933 civilians dead and countless injured besides.
$780,098,540,000+ spent.
4,200,000 refugees.
A once vibrant Christian community is now all but gone.
A once secular Arabic nation increasingly run by extremists.
A generation scarred by PSTD.

And we’re still there, still 47,000 strong. Still sending people to their deaths. Still hearing the same lies. Still killing innocents for no reason whatsoever. Still ruining the very faith this nation and this war’s proponents are so proud of.

How can we allow this? How can you justify killing over a million innocent people for any cause? How can you justify doing it for no reason? We are murders! The blood of a million innocents is on my hands, is on your hands. We are stained forever with this guilt. This sin. What are we doing? These are people!

What the f**k is wrong with us?