Just watched The Battle of Algiers, the landmark 1966 Italian-Algerian film about FLN terror and French counter-terror; many lessons about liberation struggles, the limitations of counter-insurgency, and the present fiasco in Iraq. Innocents suffer on both sides.
On Wednesday morning I leave for Nicaragua for 10 days - and I'm not sure what I will be like when I return from my first exposure to pervasive poverty (in inner-city ministry I have had lots of experience with poverty, but nothing on the scale of Nicaragua, the second-poorest country in the Americas). How will I be transformed? Will I simply be angry? Will I be evangelized to be a power for justice? Check back in late February.