This is an incredibly thought provoking article. If you care to follow the link below and read it, let me encourage you to print it out and read it. It's the transcript of an hour long lecture. It's worth the read. Here's a small taste:
"...the leaders of the western world have adopted an incredibly naive and shallow analysis of the problem of evil itself. They act as if they’d assumed that the world’s problems were basically solved, that all we needed was a bit more free trade and parliamentary-style democracy, and then any remaining pockets of evil would wither away. So the reaction to 9/11 was astonishingly immature: ‘Goodness, there seems to be some serious evil out there after all! What on earth shall we do? I know – let’s go and drop some bombs on it, that’ll sort it out!’ Well, the American people have finally said, this very week [this lecture was given a couple of years ago when tons of Republicans were voted out of congress], what lots of us were saying back in 2002: that was not and is not the way to deal with things. Evil is more radical and powerful than that; and, what’s more, the line between good and evil doesn’t lie between ‘us’ and ‘them’, but runs as a jagged line through each human being and each human society. We – and I include the churches on both sides of the Atlantic – have often colluded with a spurious and inadequate analysis of what’s wrong in the world and what can be done about it. That’s the first strand in our problem."