An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Pray for All Lives Lost in Iraq
"We have crossed another tragic milestone in the war in Iraq. Our estimate of violent Iraqi deaths due to the U.S.-led invasion and occupation has crossed the one million mark." - Indy Media Antiwar
"They are our brothers, they are our sisters—we support war resisters!"
This must become the chant of every Christian who believes that Christ came to end violence in our hearts. Righteous anger must be treasured and protected, but violence must be killed and ended forever, for it is a violation of the image of God that exists in each of our brothers and sisters.
The torture is no longer confined to 'terrorists' and 'enemy combatants', but is now applied to anyone who questions or exposes corruption in the Iraqi occupation: "For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.
There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that Vance began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut." - Forbes, see http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/24/ap4052736.html
It is the same treatment that all lovers of truth must expect as a badge of honor for their efforts at exposing the infamy perpetrated on our Iraqi brothers and sisters. Will you join the line of honor and accept the torture which must be the lot of all who resist the empire and its methods?