We at Mad Mondays can barely bring ourselves to write about news from Afghanistan this week. The situation is so awful, and it is hard to say anything that has not already been said. ICYMI, two suicide bombings killed 13 US Marines and 170 Afghanis at the Kabul airport. In a press conference, President Biden vowed to hunt down the perpetrators of the attacks, reportedly members of an ISIS-associated terror group. While the US government launched a retaliatory drone strike, it is unclear what was achieved, nor even who was killed by the strike.
CIA chiefs secretly met with Taliban leaders last week, but the purpose of the meeting was not disclosed. It may have included an attempt to negotiate an extension of the August 31 withdrawal deadline, given that many foreigners and allies remain stuck in Afghanistan. While lawmakers urged the the President to delay the US exit, it would seem it is going ahead as scheduled. France and Britain have called on the UN to create a permanent safe zone in Kabul.
Two congressmen also took a clandestine trip to Kabul, drawing ire from both sides of government.
Politico reported that the American government had given a list of names to the Taliban, detailing the American “green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport.” It is hard to believe that the President would trust the Taliban with this information and put so many in danger. Perhaps Mr. Biden doesn’t know what’s in the Qur’an?
There are some bright notes in this whole dark episode. Glenn Beck’s Nazarene Fund rescued over a thousand Christians this week, while a volunteer group of veterans took it upon themselves to escort several “high-risk” Afghani families inside the US-held airport. And who doesn’t love a photo of a soldier with baby?
Images filling the news this week, of families torn apart by violence, turned our thoughts to the prayers of mothers, recorded for us in the Bible. After sorrow and despair, our faithful God answered prayer and gave them hope. Hannah, who rejoiced that ““No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2) Also of Mary, who reminds us that God scatters the proud to the wind and exalts the lowly. (Luke 2). Nothing thwarts the plans of our God. Though we are heartbroken, we will pray for peace. We hope Mad Christians will find comfort in the unchanging Word of God, in this disorienting and evil age.