As a member of Pax Christi USA, a Washington-based organization that strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ, Viatorians supported their recent official statement on Syria.
They released their statement on Aug. 31, one day before a speech by Pope Francis, in which he said, “War begets war, violence begets violence.”
Officials with Pax Christi title their statement: “War is Still a Defeat for Humanity,” and they point to their mission statement, which reads: “We reject war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination, and promote the gospel imperative of peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic Church in the United States.”
The headlines read: “U.S. officials signal Syria strike is near.” “Inaction would show a ‘paralyzed’ world, Obama says.” “Kerry cites ‘clear’ evidence regime used chemical weapons.” By the time this statement is released, the U.S. may likely have initiated military strikes in Syria, itself an act of war.
No one questions the obscenity of murdering a thousand people – many of them children – with poison gas, nor the moral indignation that people around the world feel at this atrocity and crime against humanity. The more than 100,000 deaths from two years of a cruel fratricidal war in Syria, and the cruelty of the Bashar al-Assad regime against its own people, speak to the obscenity of war.
What many do question, however, including military veterans in Congress, is the wisdom of a military strike by the U.S. in Syria. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq also began with military strikes, caused the destruction of hundreds of thousands of Afghan, Iraqi, and American lives, and lasted more than a decade after 9/11…
To read the entire text of the statement, click here.