Lent and the Iraq war

Lent and the Iraq war

For the next four weeks, the US God's Politics group blog will be featuring posts from a variety of voices on Iraq: Iraqis, US veterans and parents, Christians from other countries, pastors, and peacemakers. All will be reflecting on the cost of the war. Together, says GP, “we can dedicate ourselves to a world where war is not the answer.”

Jim Wallis of Sojourners /Call to Renewal writes: “19 March 2008 will be the fifth anniversary of the war with Iraq. In this season of Lent, we are called to lament and repent for an ongoing war that is being waged by our country, financed by our taxes, and fought by our brothers and sisters. After five years, we all lament the suffering and violence in Iraq. We mourn the nearly 4,000 Americans who have lost their lives, the tens of thousands wounded in body and mind, and the unknown hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died. Recent US. claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the US occupation - especially when five years of occupation has not produced the political reconciliation necessary for real security and stability.

"Recent US claims of modest security gains in certain sectors of Iraq do not justify extending the US occupation - especially when five years of occupation has not produced the political reconciliation necessary for real security and stability. The fragile security improvements are not sustainable without a political solution, which is simply not forthcoming. And without a clear path to political progress, we will simply see more of the same failed strategy and a scenario of American occupation in the midst of bloody sectarian warfare with absolutely no end in sight—and with a real prospect of compounding the tragedy by attacking Iran as well.”

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