Thursday, September 5, 2013

War is not the answer

War is not the answer.

For the Catholic Church, it rarely is. In recent memory, the Church has addressed the world, and the USA, on the issue of initiating war.

In the 2003, Pope John Paul II warned President Bush not to go to war with Iraq. He was clear: God is not on your side if you go to war and this is a defeat for humanity was his message.

Bush, along with the United Nations support, went to war.

President Bush with military men and women during his presidency.
During the war, after Sadaam Hussein was captured, the Vatican warned that he should not be put to death. The message was that this would "cut the legs" from any national reconciliation as it is an act of vengeance for the victors and unjust.

 Hussein was executed.

Iraq is still in a state of unrest. Terrorism is still a threat to the world. The Mid-east is still a hotbed of radical tribal wars that keeps populations on edge at all times.

Fast forward to 2013, President Obama wants to pursue initiating a war in Syria. Although he's threatened to act as president without consult, he's allowed Congress to be part of the decision making.

President Obama speaking before the military.
What does the Vatican say? Pope Francis wrote a letter to the G-20 summit being held in Russia this week. Of Syria he writes:
"To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution..."

President Obama is resolved to attack Syria although he is working with G-20 leaders for their assistance and support.

The Pope has called all Catholics to fast on Saturday, September 7 in solidarity for peace in Syria, the Mid-east and the world. "Humanity needs to hear the words of hope and peace" is the message from the Pope.

Hope and Peace would be great right now because, when it comes from our country's aggression in the Mid-east, we haven't had much Change.

NB: Keep Brad in your prayers this week. Ole Miss is sending him on a full expense paid trip to Turkey this weekend and next week. It should be a good trip and good for the University but, just a frame of reference, Turkey's right there: