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"But the point here is not to solve the problems in the church, or in Enron, or in Islam. Nor is it simply to belabor that old saw we know so well: the world's a mess. My thesis is that we have consistently attempted to clean up the wrong mess. The mess is not military. The mess is neither legal nor political nor corporate. Neither is it systemic. These are merely the fields on which the mess is made. Killing Osama will not clean up the world's mess. Jailing Enron execs will not clean up the mess. Writing better laws won't force corporate execs, Enron or any other, to put their employees' interests ahead of their own. Someone will gain hero status by achieving these goals. This will lead us to believe that we are cleaning up the world's mess when in fact we are not.

The mess is spiritual. And in spite of the Islamic view of jihad as a physical war against evil, the real struggle is internal. My critic was correct; this story is embarrassingly personal. It is to this struggle that I now turn, and with a degree of sadness I must confess; judging others and throwing a few stones is easier, more fun, and less threatening. But there's only one target I know I can hit-myself.

Naturally, we have heard criticism of the Taliban government and the mayhem they brought to Afghanistan with their support of terrorism. But laws against speaking about Jesus are common across the Islamic world and never receive a word of criticism. The only criticism I've heard of Afghanistan's Islamic ways center on Hamid Karzai's hat.

Killing others, especially if it can be justified, has an element of glamour that cannot be denied. (Rest assured that the 9/11 highjackers possessed ample self-justification.) But the battle inside is where the real adventure begins. It is not for the faint of heart or the easily-intimidated. For those who can stomach a deeply personal struggle, call it a jihad if you like, I invite you to join me on a trip."

Excerpt from God in the Pits, The Enron-Jihad Edition, by Mark Andrew Ritchie
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