Category Archives: Iraq & Afghanistan

REFLECTIONS ON A PEACE DELEGATION TO AFGHANISTAN

Jake Donaldson, May 2013   More than a decade after 9/11, our leaders tell us that the world is a safer place for Americans. Our soldiers have done their job in the Middle East. Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden have been killed, Al Qaida and the Taliban are on the run, and democratic societies…

A Message of Concern from Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman: VoteVets.org

 Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-3 in favor of arming and training the Syrian rebels. This is a misguided and dangerous idea. I helped to train the Iraqi Army during my second tour, and their concern is that many of the anti-Assad forces are the same terrorists they’ve fought before and who…

Reflection: End to Iraq War

The emotion that gripped me the morning after watching President Obama declare an end to the war in Iraq was a deep sadness. Even in his Oval Office speech, the mission of the war in Iraq still wasn’t made clear — and it never was. The strategic consequences of neglecting Afghanistan and inadvertently strengthening Iran because of the U.S….

In 1898, Satisfying A National Appetite For War

A Book Review from NPR.org Before writing his new book, The War Lovers, Evan Thomas, the assistant managing editor of Newsweek magazine, spent three years researching an event a century removed from his day job: the 1898 Spanish-American War. But he did so, he says, because of similarities he perceived between the way America entered…

New Book: Create a Space for Peace by Gene Stoltzfus

Pray:American, Iraqi, Afghani Dead

Please include these names in your Prayers of the People. List of Troops who Have Died in Iraq from February 5 – 11 from icasualties.org We are thankful there are no casualties to report during this time. If you would like more information on Iraqi civilian casualties’ names, please go to Iraq Body Count Number…

Take Five for Afghanistan

Please take 5 minutes right now to PRAY and ACT for Peace. Make it a gift to yourself.  Even in the wake of several National decisions this month that are life giving, we are reminded that the number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year has doubled to 1440.  And we’re sure that the…

Real Hope Is About Doing Something, By Chris Hedges

On Dec. 16 I will join Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern and several military veteran activists outside the White House to protest the futile and endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan . Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park , attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House….

Schedule for Nov. 12th Teach-in

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 – National Christian Church, Washington, DC 9 A.M.-4 P.M. PROTECTING MORAL CONSCIENCE IN WAR: A TEACH-IN ON SELECTIVE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION 9:00 AM Introduction: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Director, Faith Voices for the Common Good 9:15 Welcome: Chaplain (Colonel) Herman Keizer, Jr. (retired), Former chair, National Conference on Ministry to the Armed…

Resolution to End TWO WARS from Diocese of Bethlehem

The Resolution to End Two Wars: Afghanistan and Iraq put forth by the Diocesan Peace Commission was approved by an overwhelming majority at this past weekend’s Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania)! To my ears, there were only eight to ten voices opposed to it, out of around 300 delegates, both clergy and…