We caught a link in the BBC news recently to a page that tracks and studies violent incidents and the actors who make them happen. This is a good news/bad news deal. The good news is — they found fewer total fatalities this year. I talked this through with my son who is studying conflict in his Ph.D. grad program. His take on this was that civil conflicts are starting at a similar rate as throughout history and with similar predictors, but are much harder to resolve. As a result, there are more conflicts since they just keep grinding on. So again, the good news is, maybe we aren’t seeing more violent encounters than at any time in the past. We just can’t STOP them. Here’s the page that started the conversation.


What’s YOUR take on this? (Some of you are living in the MIDDLE of this conflict. We value and treasure your feelings on this — and we pray for your situation daily.)