partly because Iraqi forces aren’t ready. How
do we reconcile taking up weapons with our
faith? Or do we?
aW: Well, generally speaking I’m against
it. We do need to be protected and secure.
But we will often find that protection
comes from us not being aggressive but
loving. We don’t have a lot of people
against us in Baghdad. Our relationship
with the Islamic community, both Sunni
and Shiite, is second to none.
FT: Why is that?
a W: Because we take it very seriously. We
love them and they love us. And we give
to each other. We have, despite our religion, more in common when we are
working for peace together.
F T: You have said you are very a ware of miracles
and angels in your life in Baghdad.
a W: Absolutely.
F T: Why don’t we have that here?
a W: When you’ve lost everything, Jesus is
all you have left. We have lost everything
and so the miraculous and the presence
of the Almighty is so real to us. We have
nothing, and yet we have everything.
Nothing, but everything. The angels are
very big and very strong. We see them. We
are really serious about that.
FT: Help me understand.
aW: We have seen them looking like angels. We’ve got nothing. But we have
FT: We are insulated from experience because
of our wealth or material comfort or whatever
it is. No wonder people want to come and work
a W: But now I can’t even be there.
FT: It’s been said that your views on the Middle
East have often put you at odds with the
Church. How so?
aW: So much of them are just one sided
as regards the Palestinian cause. And I
love the Palestinians and the Israelis
equally. I love both. The Christian Zionist position is one extreme and the Palestinian Liberation theology position is
the other extreme. You can’t win.
FT: You have a price on your head in Iraq. Are
a W: I’m not scared. I’m never scared.
F T: Why not?
a W: It says in the Bible perfect love casts
out fear. And we have perfect love, espe-
cially from the children. So I don’t fear.
FT: What do you want the Canadian Church to
understand about what is happening?
a W: The biggest thing is that we have to
pray for peace and really pay for peace.
Pray for peace and pay for peace. The two
go together. Our practical work of making
peace among enemies and providing for
friends who are broken costs us money
and we need your help. That’s it.
FT: Thank you so much. /FT
THE FT INTERVIEW