Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, July 10, 2017
The Islamic State Is Not Dead Yet – An Editorial by Antony J. Blinken
The liberation of Mosul – the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq — marks a turning point in the war against the world’s most dangerous terrorist group. Daesh, as the Islamic State is known throughout the Middle East, no longer controls significant territory in Iraq where it can harbor foreign fighters or exploit resources, like oil.
And its core narrative — building an actual state — is in tatters. But while the Trump administration will be right to celebrate the end of the caliphate as we know it, it is far too soon to feel comfortable, especially in the absence of a strategy for the day after Daesh.
Fifteen years ago, at the start of President George W. Bush’s run-up to the invasion of Iraq, then-Senators Joe Biden and Richard Lugar raised a prescient concern: “When Saddam Hussein is gone, what would be our responsibilities? This question has not been explored but may prove to be the most critical.”
Substitute “Islamic State” for “Saddam Hussein” and the question they posed retains a fierce urgency today. Even when the Islamic State is defeated militarily, the political and economic conditions that facilitated its rise — unleashed in part by the 2003 invasion — will continue to fester. How, then, to ensure that Daesh stays defeated?
Readings from Jeremiah 1.11-12 for Monday, July 10, 2017
What God said to Jeremiah over 600 years before the time of Jesus Christ is important for us today. God wants his people to pray about both his promises (the almond tree) and the problems we face (the boiling pot).
Jeremiah 1.11 – The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, tilted away from the north.”
Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15.7). As we align our lives with Jesus and his word, we are equipped to pray his promises over today’s world problems.
Prayers for Monday, July 10, 2017
Dear God, your example and your teachings inform us that we can’t defeat hatred with more hate. Please show us the pathway of love.