The World Council of Churches has urged its members in the United States to lobby President Barack Obama to abandon "Plan Colombia", a package of financial and military assistance to Colombia's repressive government.
'Surge, attack, negotiations' is a cycle of action that has a ring of familiarity - and not just in Afghanistan, says Gene Stoltzfus. But not everyone is confident that aggression will bring a just peace.
Protesters turned out in force in New York and elsewhere yesterday to remind Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama that war is not justifiable, and to oppose his 30,000-strong troop surge in Afghanistan.
America can either tolerate constant and crippling conflict, or recognise that the yearning for peace is universal, and strengthen its resolve to end conflicts around the world, say US Christian leaders, echoing President Obama's words back to him. They are calling for a new approach to Afghanistan based on "a humanitarian and development surge".