Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Saturday, March 29, 2003

The writing is done. Today I finished the writing part of the Basics series. I think I will have taught more than 100 lessons in the series when I'm done, thereby achieving the ultimate goal of beating Colonel Thieme's 69 Basics, which had just 90-something. In any event it is with a grateful and humble heart that I put it to bed. The Lord has given us an abundance of wisdom in His word, and the Basics just barely scratches the surface. May it serve for many years.

Friday, March 28, 2003

The past two days I've been attending Camp Logos Colorado Springs, a two day training seminar on the Libronix Digital Library. Libronix is an incredible Bible study tool that effectively removes books from your shelves and puts them on your computer. In my computer I now have hundreds of thousands of pages of the very best biblical reference works, and more are available all the time. Over the next week I am customizing everything toward my inductive Bible study approach toward the development of lessons.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

CNN is now reporting that the armored column that was moving out of Basra has been mostly destroyed. The MSNBC reporter who broke the news declared this another sign that we are bogged down. It's another sign of desperation in a campaign that is hugely lopsided. It would surprise me if the Desert Rats of the British 7th Armored lost men in that engagement.
I am getting a bit fed up with talking heads who pontificate about the progress of the war, but have no military frame of reference. I have been hearing that we are "bogged down," that matters are not going according to plan, that the Iraqi military is way tougher than what we thought.

After the shock of losing a few POWs, some of whom may have been victims of atrocities, and some more who were victims of deceptive cheap shots, our men in the field have tightened up considerably. As I write, Iraqi armored columns are on the move, and those who oppose the war and desperately and secretly hope for U.S. setbacks declare this another sign of big trouble. I am all but certain that enemy armored forces on the move will be utterly annihilated before they do much harm to coalition forces. If those armored columns are moving now it is because we are allowing them the movement. I would also strongly suggest that these movements are desperate, last ditch maneuvers for the units involved. The Iraqi command has realized that our end run to Baghdad has marginalized the majority of their armed forces, and in these movements they are trying to get some effect out of the forces that we have negated via our sweeping and dramatic maneuver.

Now... regarding General McCaffrey, who has predicted coalition forces will take 3,000 casualties in the battle of Baghdad: with all due respect, I believe that he is fighting the last war. I totally understand that as the former division commander of the 24th Mech his qualifications are far greater than my own. Not only that, in Gulf War I he excelled in his mission, but I think it would be the more prudent course to stop publicly waving the flag of alarm. It gives hope to the enemy. Our effort must create in every quarter of the minds of our enemies the impression that there is no hope. Doing that will give us a chance to shorten the war. Sending up flares of alarm gives them hope, and steels their resolve to fight to the bitter end. Even if General McCaffrey has real and well-informed conviction (in my mind it is not an accurate assessment, but I'm a nobody who could be proven wrong), voicing that conviction in the national forum seems less than wise. Surely as an esteemed former division commander he has private channels at his disposal for the voicing of such concerns.

Courage and Faith.

Monday, March 24, 2003

Now this is what I call a protest: Hero Returns Medal

George Wilson's eloquent action transcends all the crap.

I am curious if he is the same George Wilson who wrote a famous account of the infantry fighting in the Hurtgen Forest: If You Survive
Yesterday seemed a tough day, but consider: we have thousands of men and dozens of armored fighting vehicles within shooting distance of Baghdad; we own the airspace over the entire battlefield, meaning we can maneuver and the enemy cannot; we have secured the wealth of the Iraqi people; and all at the cost of less than 30 men.

Which brings me to my next and more important point. For those twenty or so families there is terrible heartache involved in the loss of their loved ones. Our armed forces cares about them with exceptional care, from the four star general down to the privates, corporals, and sergeants who make up the rank and file. Our nation cares about those families and their losses, and it is evident in the words of our president, but also in the hearts of our citizens who will express their sympathy in the way those heroes are buried, the way their cemeteries and grave stones are cared for, and the way their memories are tended long after they are gone.

This is a stark contrast to our enemy, the dictatorial regime in Iraq. There are certainly arbitrary heroes, but they are not "proved in liberating strife." There is no care for the welfare of the individual soldier, who is merely a pawn, less than a pawn in the schemes of an evil leadership. There is no care from the government to the families of those who have lost their loved ones, for they are just as disposable as the loved ones they lost.

Make no mistake: this is a godless regime, muslim association or no. They are as godless as the regime of Saddam's great hero, Josef Stalin. They will meet the same fate: the immutable knowledge that there is a God, and there is eternal justice.