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St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Peace

Does the military action the U.S. is contemplating against Iraq meet the standards of a just war?


Date: 3/25/2003 9:15:14 AM
Name or Pseudonym: Mike B
Subject: Serving two Masters

Dear Chris,

You, as Jesus said, can not serve two masters. When Jesus said give to Caesar what is Caesar’s & to God what is God’s - the ultimate point of this is that All belongs to God.

As far as war & God as referenced in the old testament - Jesus made it quite clear and was very explicit in renouncing the old philosophy of and eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth ...

Apparently 75 percent of this countries population that support this unjust war have either been greatly misled or just are totally ignorant of the facts:

1) The Iraq citizens in no way welcome the US as liberators. The muslem culture of the middle east views the west as immoral in much of their lifestyle (as any thinking Catholic would as well). As much as they dislike Sadam, they view the USA as much, much worse.

2) Your view of the USA as such a "perfect" society that it can dictate to the world what and how it should behave is wrong on many counts - some of which are:

a) From a moral point of view, this is total nonsense. The USA has engaged in numerous ill advised activities such as the removal of the Native Americans from this county, use of its own weapons of mass destruction ( the A bomb) that killed and wounded millions of people in Japan, supporting slavery, & then segregation;

b) Support of Israel (another reason that the Arabs do not like us ) who have brutally removed many native people of Palestine who have lived on the land for thousands of years!

In summary, the message of Jesus, though apparently "simple" has yet to be practiced by many of those who profess to be followers. The most important way to live one’s Christian life is in peace & forgiveness - not as uncaring Americans that seem occupied with excessive economic zeal
at the expense of their fellow citizens and institutions of the world.

"Might" may seem to make "right" in this world, but as Jesus so often said, the Kingdom of God belongs to the Children - the choice is yours - please choose peace - for yourselves, the nation, and the world -and perhaps someday this "evil" veil of nationalism will be torn asunder to reveal the true beauty that resides in each & every human heart!

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