Monday, December 24, 2007

A Young Country

We just saw the new movie Charlie Wilson’s War. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman were stellar. If you get a chance, do see it.

The movie left me with a question about the United States, the country where I live. It’s not even three hundred years old. There are countries with millennia more history than the U. S. Could this explain our foreign policy to date? Go with me.

It has been said that U. S. practices are “benevolently predatory.” We go in at the beginning, supply all the guns and butter that are needed to keep our interests handled but don’t do the things required to finish the job. Could it be that it’s just that we’re a young country?

We know about big beginnings. Being born. Setting things up to work. But we don’t know much about reconstruction. Setting up workable infrastructures. Getting the day-to-day to work after destruction. Look at what’s happened with New Orleans.

We’ll spend a billion dollars to protect our interests, but we won’t add a million in to protect the interests of those who have done our bidding.

Hold an idea with me in prayer? Let the U. S. finish what it’s birthed.

1 comment:

Janice said...

I often think of our Country as a teenager. They don't make the best choices!