Letter to the Editor: A parallel
BY Leroy Mangold, Tulsa
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1/19/13 at 7:15 AM
During World War II some of us flying crews traveled fairly regularly through a good portion of Third World countries, which entailed stopping over at the American-built fuel, food and rest stations. Located adjacent to the stations were large native villages that supplied many of the workers for the stops.
Being Americans in our early 20s and curious as to the nature of how these natives lived, ate and constructed their thatched huts, we visited several of their villages and discovered a common thread throughout the whole area.
Although church missionaries would come and go, nothing was going to change these natives' ingrained customs, habits or religious rituals.
And so today the escalating resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan to the word "democracy," which goes along with the Christian faith as baggage, almost parallels the resistance we fly-boys observed many years ago in the Third World countries.
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