With what all has happened (and hasn’t happened) in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of us would admit, we don’t feel any safer. Thousand of lives lost in this never ending conflict, millions of people displaced, and the absolute destruction that has taken place. And we feel even more insecure.
War is rarely the answer. While there is a time and place for war, and a war has to be fought, there are better solutions to war, that most of the time, needs to be utilized.
The day that the US invaded Iraq for the second Iraq war, not the first, when our government decided that the most evil and threatening force in the world was Saddam Hussein, there was a worship service held on the campus of Eastern College. Evangelical activist, the Reverend Dr. Tony Campolo spoke at that service. During his sermon Campolo proposed that, rather than drop bombs on the Iraqis to try to force Hussein from power, why don’t we send ships to Iraq laden with medical supplies, food, and other items, dump these on the Iraqi people for free, and see what happens. Campolo said, “If Hussein is still in power in six months, then attack if you must.”
Of course, few took Campolo seriously. His seemed a ridiculous proposal. The United States took the path of war and spent billions of resources, and many lives in the process and are still spending.
Why would Dr. Campolo (who is a very intelligent person) make such a proposal? Does he not care for justice? Does he not want to fight evil? Wrong had been done to us and now somebody had to pay. Some leaders proclaimed that the Iraq war was a “just” war, bombing them into near oblivion.
Dr. Campolo is a devout Christian, and his proposal arose because he really thinks that he knows the secret about what’s really going on in the world, and who is really in charge. What if Dr. Campolo was right? No American lives lost. Much less money spent. No ongoing civil war in Iraq. No terrorist training ground.
Just maybe, love and grace are more powerful than war!