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Based on longstanding and widespread reports of government corruption in Afghanistan, I’m no fan of the country’s president. And it appears that Hamid Karzai is again exploiting an ambiguous situation involving the U.S. military for his own political gain. Karzai ordered U.S. special operation units out of Wardak province in response to accusations that U.S. […] Read More

Genesis 32 tells the story of Jacob, who wrestled all night with an angel and then received the new name of Israel.   The word “Israel” literally means the man who “wrestles with an angel.”   One of the most unique things about being Jewish is the fact that we are not afraid to “wrestle” […] Read More

President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time.   The first time was when he announced in early December 2009 that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there.   In Obama’s speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., he talked about […] Read More

With the agreement by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to convene the recently elected parliament, a growing crisis appears to have been averted. As important as this decision is in the short term, however, it will not settle the larger question of whether we can win the war.   Ask this question and you can expect […] Read More

The numbers being quoted about the Pakistan floods are mind-boggling. They’re inflating so rapidly that there is no point in repeating them here; they will be out of date by the time these words are read.   So many millions homeless, so many evacuated, so many hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed. That this country, […] Read More

(RNS/ENInews) The International Assistance Mission has rejected Taliban claims that 10 staffers from the Christian aid agency who were killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims. Our faith motivates and inspires us, but we do not proselytize. We abide by the laws of Afghanistan, Dirk R. Frans, IAM’s executive secretary, said in a […] Read More

If the Apostle Paul wrote today that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), would he have been thinking about a fundamentalist Christian whose corporation inscribes biblical references on weapon sights?   A […] Read More

Nine days after announcing that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there, the U.S. president – without a presidential portfolio of accomplishment – accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.   As if he were channeling the Christian realist Reinhold Niebuhr, President Obama spoke more about the justification for war than the making […] Read More

When President George W. Bush spoke 10 days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to a joint session of Congress, he made the case for war in Afghanistan. Bush gave the Afghan government an ultimatum and told the American military that the hour of war was coming.   “These demands are not open […] Read More

President Obama told the nation last night that his strategy in Afghanistan is to make more war in order to end the war. But he never satisfactorily assured the nation of the probability of such success. As such, his expanded war fails to pass one of the rules of a just war—the probability of success. […] Read More