What a quagmire.
We got involved in what should have been a simple “humanitarian” relief effort. Providing food for the less fortunate. A real feel good project.
We set up several drop off points to ensure direct aid to those most in need.
The locals were happy…at first.
Then the warlords moved in and seized most of the supplies.
We’re now on the brink of war.
Kinder, gentler members prefer tactics that prevent the warlords from gaining access to the supplies. But the budget is already stretched to meet these charitable efforts and any additional resources will reduce the amount of actual relief given.
Additional troops have been brought in to assist in defending key distribution points.
Some ideas are just simply not viable.
Unfortunately, certain members are strongly urging for a more permanent solution.
Only one thing is certain: we’re in this for the long haul. There is no “quick-fix” solution, no “get-in-get-out” answer. We can only hope that, over time, we can win the hearts and minds of the locals who will either help defend against the warlords or help convert them to a more equitable distribution of the goods.
Your prayers, in this time of crisis, are appreciated.