Changing Afghanistan

July 28, 2010

Penn of Denn
90,000! That’s the number of leaked American military documents that were recently made public by “Wikileaks”, the online whistle blowing site. It will be interesting to see how the revelations from those documents impact the American and Canadian’s public support for the war in Afghanistan.

I’ve been torn on the issue for a long tim. On one hand, I hear about the difference Canadian troops are making for common people in that country, about women being granted rights that we take for granted, about hospitals and schools being built and the seeds of democracy being planted. But, on the other hand what happens when we leave? And we will leave. Nobody has ever won in Afghanistan Not the British, not the Russians and I don’t see that pattern changing. And it’s not like the enemy can be driven back home. They are already home.

Military action my change a lot of things, but the one thing it can’t change is human nature. The only thing that can change human nature is a new birth and the One who grants the new birth never indicated that it would be brought about through military might. And Jesus demonstrated that you can only change society by changing people. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.