I personally believe that US President, George Bush, would have been better to wait until a United Nations joint decision before choosing to invade Iraq. The 'weapons of mass destruction' that were the cause of the invasion soon turned into the 'weapons of mass disappearance'. Saddam Hussein is gone but the war continues to drag on and on, at the cost of many lives. Rebuilding the nation has become an almost impossible task, much like the complex situation that developed with the Vietnam War last century.
Last year, I was privileged to be invited to a World Vision dinner with special guest Tony Campolo and a number of Christian leaders from around Melbourne. At dinner time, Tony was asked what advice he would give President Bush in regards to the war in Iraq. Without hesitation he said he would advise him to do three things immediately:
- Apologise for invading Iraq. The weapons of mass destruction simply weren't there.
- Immediately withdraw all American troops. They are struggling in an unfamiliar environment and culture. The nearby Saudi Arabian government has offered to send troops to help the Iraq government. These troops are familiar with the environment and culture and would do a much better job helping to bring order to the country.
- Donate half of the billions of dollars that are being spent on the war to help rebuild Iraq as a nation. The other half should be invested back into America, to help alleviate poverty and other social issues that have been much neglected due to the drain of funds used to finance the Iraq war.
I must admit, I thought that was advice worth considering.
More recently, Tony addressed the question, "What would Jesus do about the war in Iraq?" You can read a transcript of his message here.
Have a read and let me know what you think. You may not always agree with what Tony says, but he always has something thought-provoking to say.
Tony will be one of our guest speakers for our REDLINE men's conference on May 23-24th, 2008.