Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Adoption Blog

For those of you interested in our adoption process, I've set up a seperate blog for that here.

Strange Liberators

I was updating our church website and found this interesting article from the United Methodist News Service. It talks about Jim Winkler, top executive of the General Board of Church and Society, and his statement opposing President Bush's proposed surge of US troops into Baghdad. He talks about the futility of the exercise.

But most interestingly, he quotes the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. regarding the American War in Vietnam:

"Dr. King stated that given the widespread destruction caused by that war, the people of Vietnam must have seen us as 'strange liberators.' So, too, is the United States viewed today by the people of Iraq."

The phrase "strange liberators" really struck me. We, of course, have gone into Iraq claiming to be liberators. The military codename for the operation is Iraqi Freedom. And we expected to be greeted as liberators. But now, as we're finishing up our fourth year in Iraq, daily life for the average Iraqi is worse than it was under the government of Sadaam Hussein. We are indeed strange liberators.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


Melissa and I have made an application on a waiting child in Vietnam. We should hear some more soon. But in the mean time, I've been trying to do some research of Vietnam. It's not that easy, let me tell you. Apparently, the only thing that ever happened in Vietnam was the Vietnam War. And the only people that ever did anything in Vietnam were American GIs. Some other people have noticed this too, it seems. I found an Amazon Listmania list called Vietnam: the Country, Not the War. It's kind of interesting. Our country spent 20 years and 58,000 lives in Vietnam, but we don't seem to care what's happened there since. Or before, for that matter. Is that what will happen when we leave Iraq? Will we forget that anything ever happened there besides the war?