Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

An Appeal to America: We Are Christians, from Different Communions. and Citizens Who Span the Political Spectrum

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

An Appeal to America: We Are Christians, from Different Communions. and Citizens Who Span the Political Spectrum

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We grieve that our nation is not standing for "liberty and justice for all," nor treating Iraqis as we would be treated. We believe that accountability begins at home, that wise leaders know their mistakes, and that honest leaders admit them. Fear and resentment will never guide us to a just and lasting peace. Any nation that hopes to be "under God" must live for a positive vision of world community, not a blind response to terrorism that tragically makes others see us as if we were terrorists ourselves.

We appeal to the American people to join us in prayer, understanding and action:

* The war on Iraq is not a just war. It did not pass the test when it was started. And it does not pass the test now.

* War is the most extreme action a society can take. It should only be unleashed after exploring every other road.

But all roads were not explored before we started this ill-considered war.

Supposedly we went to war:

* To eliminate weapons of mass destruction. But there were no weapons of mass destruction.

* To sever the connections between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. But there were no connections to sever.

* To establish democracy. But in truth we have still done little to grant "full sovereignty" to Iraq, and much to keep the country under our control.

* To remove a brutal regime. But we allowed torture cells to exist, including sexual humiliation--and shamelessly photographed the results.

The time has come to bring this unjust and ill-considered war to an end.

* How many more American troops will lose their lives? How many more innocent Iraqis will be killed and maimed and made homeless? How many more bitter enemies and future terrorists will arise from our misguided efforts?

* Since most Iraqis want us to leave, why are we building as many as 14 new military bases there and establishing the world's largest embassy? …

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