Editor’s Note: This is the latest in an ongoing series.
One of World War 2’s legacies was a pipe dream we could be victorious in Viet Nam and countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
In his book named “Battlegrounds,” retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster, who was deeply involved in the Middle East wars, provides a detail description of the enemies the allies fought against for up to 20 years that caused us to continue fighting but never winning. He saw where Presidents began strategically optimistic but later became pessimistic and chose to aban don that part of the world, even though some nations have nuclear weapons. When we left the war zone, Al-Qaeda, ISIS and so many jihadist terrorists organizations remained to commit atrocious acts of torture, rape and murder financed by the illegal drug industry, making migrants of millions of lives who fled their homeland. General McMaster concluded the Presidents never understood the deep source of the issues underlying the battles.
When Jesus returns to earth, He will not only bring peace to the conflicts but will focus on how well we have brought loving relief to the millions of suffering migrants from nations in every region of the world: Sudan, South Sudan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Central America and so many others.
Jesus’s brother James called the royal law: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Jas.2:8). A lawyer asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” In Luke 10:30-37 Jesus answered him with the parable of the good Samaritan. Obedience to this command even by our military understanding the sense, not specifics, with justice would help bring peace to the Middle East. Starting with 20 families, we will hopefully demonstrate love to our neighbors who have left inhuman cruel homes and seek peace, security and happiness for their families in decent paying jobs in America.