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Ebola, war, terrorism, injustice, inequality, squalid government, torture. Sometimes the inventory of cruelty and suffering seems overwhelming. The temptation to spiral into despair and the cynicism born of helplessness can assail us all. But sometimes a glimmer comes in the darkness and smallness no longer seems to equal futility.
Questions of war and peace are sometimes seen by Christians as somewhat separate from core gospel convictions, and are pigeon holed as issues upon which we will differ 'on ethical grounds'.
Peace, a simple five letter word – if only that were all. What I want to say may appear to be asking more questions than it answers, but then I am seeking just as you are.
“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.” Tony Benn's words are no less true for being so widely and frequently repeated. That the failure brings immeasurable suffering which cascades down through the generations, is beyond dispute.
In November 2010 Marie Colvin spoke at a service in St Bride’s church London, held to honour the 49 journalists, photographers and support staff killed in war zones since the turn of the century. She spoke about the risks she and her colleagues take to bring us the truth about what is happening to innocent victims of conflict around the world.