According to the Christian Post, the five-year-old son of a founding member of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad was cut in half by ISIS terrorists. Canon Andrew White told the Anglican Communion News Service on Friday, 8 August:
“I baptised his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew.”
The father, mother, and brother of the murdered child escaped from Baghdad to Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi state of Kurdistan. Other Christians who escaped to Kurdish-protected Qaraqosh found themselves having to flee again when the Kurdish forces began running short on ammunition.
The US Air Force to the (Limited) Rescue
On Thursday, 7 August, American dropped two 500 pound bombs and used drones twice to eliminate certain ISIS threats. Repeated over several days, these limited bombings and drone strikes allowed the Kurdish fighters on the ground to retake Makhmour and al-Gweir, 27 miles from Arbil. However, after additional strikes over the weekend made it evident that air strikes were insufficient for Obama’s stated goal of protecting Arbil, some sanity was introduced to the Obama policy regarding Iraq when he announced that the US would begin supplying ammunition to the Kurds instead of dealing solely with the Iraqi government.
Some Sanity Comes to Obama’s Dealings with Iraq
According to the Chicago Tribune:
A U.S. official told Reuters the Iraqi government had provided a planeload of ammunition to Kurdish fighters in Arbil, in what the official called an “unprecedented” act of military cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurds, who have long feuded over land and oil.
Questions to Obama
The questions for Mr. Obama are these:
- Can you cite any instance where a war has been won through air strikes supporting foriegn troops?
- Are the Kurdish troops trained in the weapons you are providing?
- What measures are being taken to prevent friendly fire incidents?
- What is the exit strategy?
Verses for the Consideration of Christians
As Christians, we need to put our boots on the ground — or at least need to send either money or goods ahead as our foot soldiers.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (James 2:14-19 NIV)
In the event that any Christian might need a definition of “brother,” let’s first define the more distant relation (neighbor) and Christ’s required response (love and sacrifice for a group that had historically abused the hero of this story).
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29-37 NIV)
Additionally, put your effort into letting God talk to you regarding this. Go to God in prayer.
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Hebrews 13:3 NIV)