Thursday, June 22, 2006

It is time to bring the troops home

It is reasonable to seek for a date to bring the troops home out of a messy war that does not seem to have direction toward an end. We will exhaust our resources if we continue on the offense.

The creatures our troops are fighting against exist in a similar fighting mode Moses commanded his officers of the army to be in. Numbers 31: 17-18, “ Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately. But keep alive for yourselves all young girls who have not known a man intimately.” Moses was angry that his officers brought the above captives in the war against the Midianites back alive. The Iraqi insurgents, foreign and local don’t look at themselves as murderers like the west view them. They view themselves like Moses’s men viewed themselves; soldiers of God.

In reality, fighting against the Iraqi insurgent is like fighting against an ancient God. It seems the more you kill, the more will come. We can stretch our resources so far in an unpopular war while the belt on the purse string is being tightened at home. Now that we understand the culture of this enemy, why wait to get on the defense. In their minds, as opposed to the west, God has not modernized.

I agree with John Kerry’s assessment of the Bush administration cutting and running from reality. While the world has looked on, the rush to war by the Bush administration has brought nothing but sorrows. To stay the course would increase the sorrows. Let the Iraqis sort out whether they will be ruled by ancient ways or some type of a democracy. Whether it will take years or another century, that battle should be left for the Iraqis to fight. Our troops and our resources cannot solve that divide. Lets bring the troops home and target our real enemy that have been targeting our troops and our resources.