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In Support of a Nonviolent Response in Iraq

September 2, 2014

The Viatorian Community joined with nearly 50 other religious and academic leaders in writing to President Barack Obama and calling for a nonviolent response to the escalation of violence in Iraq, rather than a military response.

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“While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer,” wrote Eli McCarthy, justice and peace director for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, who wrote the letter. “Lethal weapons and airstrikes will not remove the threat to a just peace in Iraq.CMSM JP alert

“As difficult as it might be,” he added, “in the face of this great challenge, we believe that the way to address the crisis is through long-term investments in supporting inclusive governance and diplomacy, nonviolent resistance, sustainable development, and community-level peace and reconciliation processes.”

The latest Justice & Peace Alert, issued by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men — of which the Viatorians are members — also explores ways to contact President Obama, to convince him to  uphold protections for refugee children and families — before he issues an executive action on immigration expected in early September.

Other news items examine restorative justice in the wake of the violence in Ferguson, MO, transforming the conflict between Gaza and Israel; money in politics and an update on the ethnic conflict in South Sudan.

To read the Justice & Peace Alert, click here.