The Quagmire which is Iraq

Some simplistic thoughts on the Iraq situation. The Sunnis and the Shi’as have been at odds since the death of Muhammad in the 7th Century, over who was his rightful successor. Did we ever need go there? (President Bush) We went there, and Sadaam was overthrown. Having done so,should we have disbanded the Iraqui Army, after crushing the Republican Guard? Should we not have left immediately, leaving that Army to restore order? But we were there. Once there, was it not a terrible mistake to pull all of our troops out, making as nought the terrible sacrifices of so many young men and women who died there or came home horribly maimed? (President Obama) But we are out now, and terrible things are taking place. But please, no air strikes. Planes get shot out of the sky, pilots get taken prisoner. Prisoners taken mean boots on the ground to effect rescue. A small force going into Iraq? Please. Terrible things are happening in Iraq. Ought we go into a partnership with our mortal enemies in Iran? We must not, we cannot take sides, with either Shi’a or Sunni. They have been enemies for 1,300 years. They are enemies now. To hard core Shi’a and Sunni, we, the citizens of the United States of America are infidel. The intention of the hard core Shi’a and Sunni regarding us, is the same; our destruction. Nothing we do over there will be right. What we can do, what we ought do, is to reassess our relationship with Israel. What we can do, what we ought do, is to remember that we are a Christian nation, founded on the highest ideals. It is time, as a nation, to repent of our sins, and to take the counsel of the Christ, in His great intercessory prayer: “and this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent.” (John 17:3) I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior, our Redeemer, the literal, living Son of our literal, living God.  Yes, it is time to consider our ways, and to apply the balm of repentance that we might begin to know Him.