Our Marines in Iraq have a terrible mission to carry out. While on one hand we have to a degree secured that nation from all of the ills of the Muslim world, on the other hand we are fighting for a people that have few morals we can identify with.
The Marines tell us that most of the people in that country are liars and thieves. When they search the houses of the Iraqis for weapons they are told lie after lie by both the men and the women of the home. Our soldiers have come to believe nothing that they hear and only half of what they see. The people we are supposed to be protecting take our men into what they call "circle talk." They go from lie to lie, from half truth, to truth, and back around again! The word of the people cannot be trusted. We forget that lying is a way of Islam. They believe it is okay to lie to someone they dislike. Our men are terribly frustrated and they can trust no one in the countryside.
Christians can lie too but it is not part of our theology to do so; but it is in Islam. Everything in this world is about morals and about theology, and truth. We are saving a people who do not come from the same theological setting we have. Unfortunately, here in America, we are throwing away our biblical morality. We are more and more becoming just like the world!
--Dr. Mal Couch (2/11)