"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, January 01, 2005

War Crimes Documentation

Journalists and activists have now demonstrated direct violations of the Geneva Conventions in the attack (still ongoing) on Fallujah from November to the present. Over the next few weeks, I will be collecting and presenting the evidence of these crimes for those in the Catholic Peace community who care about such matters. Needless to say, the silence of the U.S. Church hierarchy has been nothing less than deafening. MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, has begun the process of denounciation. See http://www.commondreams.org/news2004/1210-01.htm for a listing of the known crimes so far. The list declares a desperate reversion to the most inhuman tactics of the Vietnam war. As a committed peace activist, my job over the next several weeks will be to find documentation for each of these breaches so that Pax Christi members can use this evidence to pursue those responsible for these atrocities in the court of God's law if no other courts will take the case. Will you join me in this effort? If anyone knows of breaches and has hard evidence for them, please send your information to me at brcoll[at]houston.rr.com. Please don't let us be silent in the face of crimes being carried out in our name.

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