Why I oppose the war in Iraq.

Why I oppose the war in Iraq

I, like many of my Canadian counterparts are opposed to the war in Iraq. Here are my reasons.

1) There is no room for this type of war inside Christian theology. There are two main camps on war. I reflect the Anabaptist position which believes Christ teaches a narrow path of peace and non-violent resistance. The other commonly held position is the Augustinian just war theory. The strike on Iraq fails the standard on both positions.

2) There is no imminent threat to the United States from Iraq. There is no conclusive link between Iraq and 9/11.

3) To quote the NRA, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. The coalition may succeed in finding some Weapons of Mass Destruction” but this won’t disarm the people who hate America. Terrorists have managed to kill thousands of people on US soil with Airplanes and a van full of diesel fuel and fertilizer.

4) This war will only inflame an unstable region of the world. It will generate even larger amounts of hatred towards the US. This will create more terrorism than it solves.

5) This war is using more money in 30 days than it would take to support Africa for years.

6) The west is completely hypocritical when it says it wants to free Iraq. We helped Saddam in the past. We’ve supported corrupt dictatorships in the past. Canadians and Americans have oppressed and marginalized their own indigenous populations for over a hundred years.

7) The United Nations is fast becoming an irrelevant organization.

8) This kind of action sets a dangerous precedent. Imagine a nation that feels that it has the right to invade any country because it suspects it might become offensive in the future.

9) Like the crusades before it, this event will significantly damage the Arab view of Christianity and Christians.

  1. #1 by Jeremy Olson on March 28, 2003 - 11:22 am

    Touche! That is a fairly comprehensive list of my objections and then some. If America didn’t have all the guns, the UN would arrest Bush for war crimes, just like the Iraqi ambassador said.

  2. #2 by Phil on March 29, 2003 - 2:39 am

    Terrific post!

  3. #3 by del on March 29, 2003 - 10:33 am

    unlike many of my American counterparts,(who support the war) here are my reasons. I wil try to follow your outline and give you a different veiw.
    1) For the first time in recent years we have a President who fears God, and I belive that he is “a mighty man of war” as of old. and i belive that he is following the Lords guidance because He ordains our steps. I think you listed 3 positions ,not two , which are all mans views.
    2)maybe by now you have seen the pictures of the mural of the jet flying into a skyscraper, but this means nothing.
    3)this reminds me of the old saying,”they” came for my neighbors to the south, I did nothing, “they” came for my neighbors to the north, I did nothing, “they came for my neighbors,etc. and now “their coming for me and there is no one left to help me
    4)this sounds “politicaly corect ” to me. when do we take a stand . the “church” has been politicaly corect for way to long. its time we start fearing The Lord. not His enemies, or how “they” view us.
    5)this sounds very much like Matthew 26:9, remember that Isreal is in this region, She has been very quiet in all this, as I think we should be so we can hear what the Lord is saying. I believe much can be learned form Joshua ch.23 &24, we should’nt consider it evil to serve the Lord.
    6)we have all supported ideas or people in the past only to change our minds or to have our eyes opened, this is called comming into the knowledge of all “Truth”
    7)This is a bad thing? 2 corinthians 6:14
    8)much like the Lord had Joshua do when he crossed the Jordan
    9)see #4

    the Lord is still in control, still sits on the Throne, and ok’s everything that goes on here. Its time the “church” stops eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and begin to eat from the tree of life. man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the Fathers mouth. Is it wrong to kill? Is it wrong to comit adultry? I don’t know. only the Father knows. He has told many of His servants to kill and leave none alive,Judah told his daughter in law she was more rightous than he, and he accused her of adultry. when we think we can tell the difference between right and wrong, I beleive we are eating from the wrong tree.
    I have enjoyed reading you thoughts and veiws for over a year. I ask the Lord to bless you and prosper you,on your quest to find Him. this passage (2 thessalonians 2:9-12) started me on a journey I did not want to take when it first began. but I now rejoice in where He has taken me. He is making me a lover of the Truth. the truth hurts, because He is a 2 edged sword which cuts up and down to rightly divide. we have belived what men(priests’)have tought us for to long. we no longer need a priest, we have a High Priest in Jesus, He is the one from whom we should learn.

    another heretic

  4. #4 by Leighton on March 29, 2003 - 8:22 pm

    I don’t know how to adequately respond to you Del. I think I would encourage you to look at these issues a little deeper.

    1) Saul was God’s appointed and annointed leader of Israel and he failed God. Just because someone is in power and claims to follow God that doesn’t mean everything they do is God’s will.

    2) Saddam Hussein leads a secular government, not an Islamic one. Therefore it is highly unlikely he would support Islamic fundamentalists like Osama Bin Laden because they are the types of people that would like to overthrow him as well. It’s true that terrorists are a threat to the US. There is no evidence that Iraq supports those terrorists. The US should respond to the threat, but this isn’t the best way.

    3) Perhaps aid, fair trade and respect would win the Islamic world over more effectively than colonial military action. You assume that military action will solve this problem. It won’t.

    4) I don’t understand your point. Take some time to study the history of this region. Study the politics.

    5) Still I don’t understand your point. 1/2 of the worlds military spending (1 Trillion) is spent by the US. It would cost far less to to build up the world than it would to blow it up.

    6) Look a little deeper. South Vietnam. Chile. An Native American Reservation. All very recent examples of blatant corruption or oppression. The Americans knew what was going on but continued to aid the oppressors or particpated in the oppression because they felt it was in their best interests.

    7) Yes this is a bad thing.

    8) It would be like Joshua if America was a theocracy, they were lead by a prophet, into a land full of sinful people, to take possesion of the land God granted them.

    9) The arab world is the most resistant to Christianity. Part of that reason is the crusades that happen centuries ago. God did not “OK” this. If there is anything abundantly clear in scripture is that God hates oppression.

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