As I was waiting in line one day I got in a conversation with another patron of the convenience store. We talked of various things and then we got to political items. They were going on about how we should not be in Iraq that it was none of our business. Of course, by now, I had them pegged as a Democrat so I had to ask a question in return. I asked them why shouldn’t we be there since it was from Ur that Abraham came from and Ur is located in modern Iraq. This is where that particular discussion just stopped after my new friend still insisted the US should not be in Iraq.
It maybe strange the question I asked but for the region it was fair since Christian denominations predominated the area. This in turn got me to thinking on the story of Cain and Abel. Cain murdered his brother and when G_d came looking for Abel He asked Cain where his brother was. To which Cain retorted in the now famous line, “I am not my brother’s keeper.”
The story popped to mind because in my newfound friend’s words I could hear Cain’s voice.
Some readers are probably wondering what is passing for reasoning between my ears. No, I have not gone off the deep end into feel good mushiness. We are not our brother’s keeper in the literal sense but we are a family called humanity and family looks out for each other.
Arts&Entertainment channel has a show called Intervention where family, friends, and even professionals will confront a person with how out of control their life is while offering ways out of the destructive downward spiral. It is a pretty gut wrenching program, but sometimes such direct means is all that is left to save the person from themselves.
I see Iraq as a country that needed immediate drastic intervention in order to save it. For over thirty years the country’s leader was an insane evil dictator. The family of nations tried negotiations with this dictator and one previous bout of mild intervention, but none of it worked. Some of the failing was because some nations actually were enablers of Iraq’s dysfunctional life. So, in the end, an immense and costly intervention had to be carried out before Iraq died.
I refuse to speak in Cain’s voice.