N.T. Wright gave a lecture yesterday entitled, “Where is God in ‘The War on Terror'” in Durham Cathedral.
I have always believed that our country’s approach to terrorism and Iraq was wrong and not adequately thought out. And I also think a lot of current critiques of the ‘war’ are equally wrong and not thought out. Blaming President Bush or Secretary Rumsfeld is equally shallow and immature.
I hope and pray that Tuesday’s elections and readjustments in Washington will move beyond the rhetoric of “fresh eyes” and “new perspective” and actually forge a new way forward in a very complex issue. Too many people on both sides are dying in a ‘war’ that isn’t really addressing the real issue of evil in our world. The problem is that our current direction is wrong and simply withdrawing is wrong. A new way must be paved and I hope our leaders in Washington will have the moral fortitude to deal with this issue in more than simplistic, knee-jerk ways.