Monday, October 2, 2006

Freedom Over Stability

"We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom.

"Amid the violence, some question whether the people of the Middle East want their freedom, and whether the forces of moderation can prevail. For 60 years, these doubts guided our policies in the Middle East. And then, on a bright September morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage.

"Years of pursuing stability to promote peace had left us with neither.

"So we changed our policies, and committed America's influence in the world to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism."

--George W. Bush, September 11, 2006

19 and 20 days after The Path to 9/11 aired on ABC, I watched the whole program. Putting aside the controversy and defensiveness of those in our government now and before, one message came through loud and clear: We are at war.

I watched this right after reading the news about Christian Coalition's new president, my Florida pastor, Joel Hunter.

In some ways, it felt like two different worlds: the culture war with America, and the culture war within America. Both are a struggle for life that voters would do well to remember in November. Yet, both seem worlds apart.

We should not forget either one.

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