Sunday, December 28, 2008

A legacy of death and destruction

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The culture of the world is enamoured with the smooth and the slick, with being big and successful, while humility and love run against the grain. Though Jesus was God, He didn't flaunt His power or position or rights. Instead, He made Himself nothing. His birthplace is a testimony to that. He didn't just take a low place, He took the lowest, and the point is that His commission was to serve. It was to preach salvation to the poor. He came not to be served, but to serve, to give His life as a ransom for many.

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Dec. 27 Readers' letters: A legacy of death and destruction

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to Afghanistan

It helps when you can so easily forget the past and tune out reality.

The war in Afghanistan, which began on Oct. 7, 2001, was launched by the United States with the United Kingdom in response to the September 2001 attacks. The U.S. military is currently planning to send around 20,000 extra troops to the country in spring 2009.

So now that the invasion of Afghanistan is not over, Americans can forget that the country is as bad off as it ever was — although Afghan men can shave, of course. And when that time comes, Iraq too will be forgotten or relegated to the back pages of the papers, along with the multitudes who died in both of the Gulf wars. America will move on, leaving a legacy of death and destruction, and Americans will forget — but God won't.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park

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