Not much else to write today, as I’d rather give your attention to the story I’m linking to. I normally ignore the links that Starbucks’ throws at me when I connect to their WiFi, but this one — the story of journalist Theo Padnos’ two years as a prisoner of of Al Qaeda in Syria — was worth the time it took to read it.
It’s a bit long (maybe 8000-9000 words), but many will find it worth the time to read. It certainly made some things much more real to me. Makes very plain how terrible it is to fall into the hands of people who are so given to inhumanity, how difficult a time it would be to deal with a population where even its youngest members are being actively programmed to hate, kill, and destroy, and what a trap it is to be continually bound to conflicts in which both allies and enemies hate you with a depth you cannot understand. There will be a lot of work to do in God’s Kingdom. May it come quickly, and may we strive all the more now to be worthy of it.
Here’s the article, from the New York Times magazine: “My Captivity: Theo Padnos, American Journalist, on Being Kidnapped, Tortured and Released in Syria.”