Comment on trial of Saddam Hussein

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Simon Barrow, co-director of the UK Christian think tank Ekklesia, said that the churches needed to speak out consistently against all kinds of violence, both by states and by armed terror groups.

“The British government was complicit in the war, and it cannot evade its responsibility in this”, he added.

“Humanly speaking, the desire for revenge against Saddam is entirely understandable – but it is politically unwise, and morally it contributes to the climate of increasing sectarian murder which is threatening to unpick what remains of Iraqi society in the aftermath of an armed intervention that has brought little justice and no peace.”

Ekklesia, which relates to Christian Peacemaker Teams, has highlighted the destructive consequences of the “myth of redemptive violence” within the world order – the quasi-religious but also secular ideology which encourages people to believe that killing is a solution.