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September 22, 2021

Leadership Notes

This first day of fall brings transition and change. It's a beautiful time. Much has been happening that gives reason to laugh and celebrate. Much has been happening that gives reason for sorrow and lament. We live life in the margins, I suppose.

Just days after a deadly terrorist attack on United States troops {mostly Marines}, the U.S. launched a drone strike against an alleged terrorist target. Government officials called it a "righteous" operation, claiming we got the bad guys.

What was interesting was that days after the strike, the identities of the dead terrorists were not forthcoming. Personally, I think those same government officials were hoping the story would go away because they knew within hours, if not minutes, that it was a botched operation, hastily put together and executed.

Many people's suspicions were verified after an investigative report by the New York Times. The drone target was a man bringing water to his family. Seven of the victims were children…many of whom ran out of their house to greet their father. Our hearts ache for the trauma and tragic loss. I don't think you can call this collateral damage. It is something else…whatever you choose to call it, it is not collateral damage. I don't know how the U.S. government can even begin to help those families heal. In a civilian situation, criminal charges would be a beginning. I can't imagine where we go from here.

I think of what Paul said in Ephesians 4:31-32:

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away

from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another,