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Letters to the Editor

U.N. intervention

May 9, 2007

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To the editor:

Jim Wallis in his recent book, "God's Politics," states that most of the world's Christian churches - Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal - were united in opposing war with Iraq. Sadly, neither President Bush nor Prime Minister Blair took their Christian advice.

Pre-emptive war is forbidden by Christian ethics and by international law. Bush falsely claimed that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" and deceived Congress into giving him permission to go to war. Continuing United Nations inspections within Iraq could have avoided the present disaster.

Immoral American actions followed. In 2004, heavy American bombing and street fighting in the city of Fallujah killed more than 1,400 Iraqi civilians and wounded hundreds more. Also in 2004, war crimes of torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers were photographed. In more than four years, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, wounded or made homeless. The American occupation of Iraq has been a crime against humanity.

Bad as he was, Saddam Hussein did not tolerate terrorist al-Qaida, but now Iraq has become a terrorist recruiting ground. The United States should transfer the occupation of Iraq to the United Nations. U.N. troops, including many from Muslim nations, should occupy Iraq. If necessary, the United Nations should partition Iraq into separate Shiite, Sunni and Kurd countries. Being at fault, the United States should pay for much of the cost of the U.N. occupation of Iraq.

John A. Bond,

Lawrence

Comments

jonas 7 years, 7 months ago

Why in the world should the international community be required to fix our f-up? This is what we get for being panicky, fearful, irrational fools, and we deserve it.

jonas 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, if we're going to institute a f-up barter system, then maybe we can start trying to figure out the international exchange rate.

I don't think we as the US can really afford to call anyone else corrupt. Not that the UN isn't.

jonas 7 years, 7 months ago

possesionannex: A list? I can't really think of anything else off the top of my head. Why, do you have suggestions?
. . . wait. . . In another 30 years, when India, China, and Japan all have a better educated, more technically proficient workforce that we do, and we're still mired in suing our schools for teachers not passing our children for sub-par work, we'll deserve that to.

All I got. Right now.

preebo 7 years, 7 months ago

While I agree with much of the assertion here, I do not believe the U.N. will be so quick to step in and assist us in Iraq. We burned them once (and pretty good) when we didn't wait for their inspectors to go into Iraq before we invaded, and we haven't done well to repair any torn relations with them in the last six years. It didn't help that we placed an Ambassador in the U.N. who claimed, let me paraphrase, "There's no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." And that's from one of their "diplomats". Has anyone noticed that the only international organization assisting us in "The War on Terror" is NATOin Afganistan, and that is tentative at best. As a person that has traveled to various nations over the last few years, let me say that we have severely tarnished our nation's reputation. It is no coincidence that it has been in the last four years or so, either. In my opinion, International Relations should be the first order of business for our next Commander-in-Chief.

jonas 7 years, 7 months ago

True, R-T. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

B^)>

Sigmund 7 years, 7 months ago

"Pre-emptive war is forbidden by Christian ethics and by international law." I doubt both statements, but even if true, the renewal of conflict in Iraq can be justified by the constant violations of UN sanctions and hostile acts against the US in breach of the peace treaty that concluded the first Iraq War.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 7 months ago

Dobbs purposely misreferences james dobson though. completely off the mark.

as to the lte, we know from the old testament and romans ch13 that war can be a valid choice. if it weren't, we'd all be muslims.

latinlab 7 years, 7 months ago

Not that I love the UN or love the US, but when you speak of the UN, do remember you are speaking of the Security Council. The UN has no control over what the security council decides. Rwanda, Bosnia, all examples of what happens with a Security Council not willing to intervene. So blaming the UN is blamig the Security Council members. The UN itself is just a building (unless you speak of emergency relif like the WFP or UNICEF). Next time somebody points the finger at the UN in an intervention situation, do know that you are pointing it to the US, China, Russia, Britain and France. So if there's anyone to balme or ask to intervene in Iraq, that would have to be the countries mentiones above, not the UN.

latinlab 7 years, 7 months ago

On the preebo point about this quote: "There's no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." And that's from one of their "diplomats".

What the diplomat meant is the UN is just the building. What makes the UN are the member states. So if you destroy the building, the members are still there. The Security Council can still be in session somewhere else.. So if the building lost 10 stories, it would not make a bit of difference.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 7 months ago

oh aggie, now you're doing the same thing. I posted the press release from focus on the family wherein this issue was dealt with rather well. tsk tsk tsk! in that release, Dobson's organization said he was misrepresented by the publication which you linked. further, it stated that FredT reports his own christian faith and is a practicing Christian, which Dobson welcomed happily.

too bad you're in such a rush to slam and slander you strike so blindly. I provided that press release on here, maybe just for you.

Strontius 7 years, 7 months ago

"Jim Wallis in his recent book, "God's Politics," states that most of the world's Christian churches - Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal - were united in opposing war with Iraq. Sadly, neither President Bush nor Prime Minister Blair took their Christian advice."

So I suppose all the Christians who supported or continue to support the war in Iraq are the minority? Yeah, right. Another example of Christian revisionism to try to weasel out of another act caused by people who are undoubtedly Christians themselves.

Most Churches opposed to it? Okay, then vote out the pro-war politicians. Cause a massive shift in the government based on this so-called majority. What an unbelievably dishonest representation of how things work.

Why didn't the "Christian" soldiers (the vast majority) refuse to fight? Why wasn't there a massive amount of Church sponsored protest against the war since it started?

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