The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God

The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God

The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God

The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God

Synopsis

"Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression." "With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces contributing to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists or about so-called "Islamic terrorists" - it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a worldwide epidemic of violence." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The skies of New York City were clear and bright on September 11, 2001, when it
started raining human beings. So many lives were lost that day at the World Trade
Center, at the Pentagon, in a field near Pittsburgh. But the scale of the tragedy
must not obscure the reality that each life lost was of inestimable value, was irre
placeable — that each life lost was sacred because each was a gift from God. In
cluding the lives of the terrorist hijackers? Yes, theirs, too
.

In an instant, the phrase “the war on terrorism” entered everyday discourse
with a new and urgent meaning. In this book I do not seek to exploit that urgency.
Indeed, the title of this book was chosen and the first draft was completed almost a
full year before the events of September 11. With the exception of these two para
graphs at the beginning and a postscript at the end, the manuscript has not been
altered to cover these most recent exchanges of terror and counterterror. Therefore,
it should be noted that in all places except the postscript, references to the attack on
the World Trade Center refer to the 1993 bombing and not to the attack of Septem
ber 11. It is my hope — but also my fear — that the perspectives expressed in this
book have remained cogent following recent events
.

To no small degree, this book had its origins in a cruise missile attack launched by the United States on August 20, 1998, a military assault that is already fading in the memories of many Americans. Less than two weeks before, on August 7, the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania had been destroyed by explosives in coordinated attacks. Of the 213 people killed in Kenya, the 11 people killed in Tanzania, and the hundreds injured in the combined attacks, most were bystanders, Africans who had no conceivable relationship to . . .

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