I have been watching what has been happening in the Middle East with real sadness. I sat across a cafe table with a friend of mine with tears in her eyes. It is heartbreaking, from the children being killed, to the effects it has on people from a distance.
This crisis is, in some ways, thousands of years in the making. But it is also very much a product of a troubling combination of neoconservative viewpoints about Middle Eastern hegemony, and an apocalyptic Christian worldview that sees this conflict as inevitable.
All the while, children die.