“History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”
Hello Fellow Peacemakers,
This is really my last post on this site, so please write in with your concerns and ideas for peace.
Although I resigned as editor a while back, I set this new site up, with a place to discuss issues easily.
Dr. Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson will be keeping the blog going. Just enter your comments here, on any post on this new site or on the previous site-adventistwomen4peace.weblogger.com, as long as it’s still available.
Lourdes is one of the founding members of Adventist Women for Peace. Her email address is- firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also take a look at her new blog for her work in the field of forgiveness, Our Lady of Forgiveness.
I admit that I loved to sing “Onward Christians Soldiers, Marching off to War” as a child. We all really got into the military movements with foot stomping and arm swaying, imagining ourselves as God’s little soldiers. But, as a more aware adult, many of the old favorites have lost their appeal. This quote is from John Shelby Spong–
“We Christians are pilgrims walking into the mystery of God, not soldiers marching off to war. There is a great difference.”
“On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood underneath a “Mission Accomplished” banner and announced that ‘Major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.’
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the situation then, compared to the situation now:
|May 1, 2003||Today|
|U.S. Troops Wounded||542||24,912|
|U.S. Troops Killed||139||3,351|
|Journalists and Media Assistants Killed||11||167|
|U.S. Forces in Iraq||150,000||146,000|
|Size of Iraqi Security Forces
|Number of Insurgents||less than 5,000||~70,000 (Sunni only)|
|Insurgent Attacks Per Day||8||148.9|
|Cost to U.S. Taxpayers||$79 billion||$421 billion|
|Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq||75%||24%|
|Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting”||70%||34%|
|Bush’s Overall Job Approval||71%||32%|