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Barbara Walking in the Valley
A weekly column for those who live and walk in Silicon Valley

by Barbara Dahlgren

Wars and Rumors of Wars
Column for the week of March 16-22, 2003

For almost as long as man has roamed the earth there have been wars and rumors of wars. The Old Testament is froth with accounts of warring men and warring nations. War is definitely not something God delights in. In fact David, even though he was a man after God’s own heart, did not get to build the temple for God because he was a man who had fought many wars. (1 Chronicles 22:8) And when Jesus returns He will make the wars to cease. (Psalm 46:8-10 “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire.”) And that is what it will take for all wars to cease. Until then we will have wars and rumors of wars.

In declaring war on Saddam Hussein (the papers read war on Iraq but we all know who the real target is, although Iraq will suffer for it), our president has made a difficult decision and one that is not all that popular. However what is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular. It’s a judgment call that only our leader can make. Our choice is to support or not support his decision. Not everyone supports it. Many have been in the news objecting in protest. They have that freedom. But they only have that freedom because men and women fought and died for it. And there are thousands more serving in our military who are in Iraq now, willing to do the same.

Saddam Hussein (no relation to King Hussein, the late ruler of Jordan) has been president/dictator of Iraq since 1979. In the 80s he lead a 10-year war against Iran and in 1990 invaded Kuwait. The result was the Gulf War and U.S. President George Bush called the shots. At that time Hussein stated if the U.S. attacked Iraq, it would be “the mother of all wars.” It was a bit of an exaggeration. Hussein was forced out of Kuwait but remained in power. Big Mistake! History does tend to repeat itself so is it any surprise that son, President George W. Bush, now finds himself at war with the same man? If Hussein comes out of this one alive or in power, then we really don’t learn from our mistakes. Because if you are going to declare war, best to have some follow through. As I understand it, the intent of the war is not to claim Iraq as our own but to liberate it from “you know whom.” But liberation has a price. Innocent people will die.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the United Nations after this war. What purpose does international law have if the U.N. does not require that all countries follow the rules? If Hussein didn’t have to follow the rules, why should others? People think all nations should be working for world peace. If when they say “peace” they are thinking “freedom from war or law and order” then that may be achievable because it’s a control issue. Of course it does depend on who is in control, doesn’t it? But if the peace they are wanting is harmony, concord, or serenity, then dream on. That will only come when we all think alike and have the same values. It would take an act of God. In fact it will. The Bible tells us in Mark 13:7 not to be alarmed when you hear of wars and rumors of wars. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. People don’t realize that this end is the return of Jesus Christ. The good news is when that happens it will also be the beginning of peace.



©March 2003

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