Where were you when the planes hit the twin towers? It’s one of those moments etched into memories, the equivalent for Generation X and Millennials of “Do you remember where you were when JFK got shot?” I was running continuous business improvement training at the time and spent most of the day cut off… Continue reading Remembering 911
Yesterday I wrote about where the battle for Afghanistan was lost. I argued that the fate of the Afghan people was sealed at Doha when the US signed a deal with the Taliban. Consider the impact of that. The people knew well what a return of the Taliban would mean: torture, rape, slavery, death. Yet… Continue reading What our Afghan friends need right now
Making sense of the bewildering events of the past few days has been difficult. How could Afghanistan have fallen so quickly to the Taliban? Why does the West look so powerless. Comparisons have been made with Vietnam but this isn’t quite the same. The US haven’t been forced out defeated in the battlefield but appear… Continue reading Where Afghanistan was lost
In Exodus 23:9, Moses says to the people of Israel: 9 “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” An extended version of this principle is found in Deuteronomy 26:5-11 when Moses describes the festival to be observed when the people enter… Continue reading Is your church Afghan ready?
Here are the words of Joe Biden, the US President seeking to shift blame and responsibility away from himself and away from us in the West. Now, we may have different opinions on the rights and wrongs of going into Afghanistan. As I’ve said before, I was sceptical, reluctant, cautious but on balance believe the… Continue reading We cannot pretend that Afghanistan is not our responsibility
I want to share some further thoughts on response to the Afghan crisis including what I think governments should be doing in response. I appreciate that I’m moving further into the territory of personal opinion on matters that Christians should not have their consciences bound. Some of you may wish to stay clear of the… Continue reading Afghanistan – time is running out but a response is possible
The reports coming out of Afghanistan are heart-breaking as we see the Taliban return to power in Kabul 20 years after the Afghan war that followed the 911 terror attacks. We don’t need to second guess what Taliban rule will involve because we have been there before. Taliban rule meant
The recent re-capture of much of Afghanistan by the Taliban has come as shocking and disturbing news to us all. However, equally disturbing have been some of the reactions to it. Take for example this tweet from Roshan M Salih, editor of British Muslim news site 5 Pillars.