Charles Patricoff: History and Morality Demand We Stay in Iraq, says Historian





The American Civil War was more unpopular than the current war in Iraq. During the Civil War, 630,000 men died during the fight to end slavery and gain liberty for African-Americans.

Historian and defense industry expert Charles Patricoff believes that based on history our role in Iraq should be a permanent one. "Look at how we helped rebuild Germany and Japan after World War II. Because of the good we did there and are doing in Iraq, I don't believe we should ever leave Iraq. If we stay and rebuild Iraq, we will demonstrate to the world that we remain the best force for good in the world. More importantly, we as Christians can better influence that region for the Kingdom of God."

Patricoff also points to the Supreme Court decision of Dred vs. Scott, where African Americans were deemed less than human, to call into questions the Roe vs. Wade Supreme courts ruling on the worth of unborn children.

Patricoff believes every human life has value, and that liberty can be found only in Christ. "I want to remind American Christians that 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.'"

In "Separation," the first of the five-book "Destination Hope" historical fiction epic, Charles J. Patricoff addresses slavery and liberty through the eyes of Confederate chaplain, Nathaniel Graham. As Nathaniel begins to understand that all men are created equal, he feels torn between his duty to the Confederate army and his newfound convictions.

"Most Civil War stories romanticize or glorify the period," says author Charles Patricoff. "This story, on the other hand, deals with the spiritual revivals that took place during the war and addresses the issues from a Southern Christian's point of view."

Patricoff, who teaches the American Civil War at Colorado Christian University near Denver, has studied the Civil War for over 40 years. Including his time in the US Air Force, Patricoff has worked in the defense industry for over 27 years. He currently works as a Sr. Contract Manager for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, a major supplier for the military, NASA, and Homeland Security.


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