Thursday, August 24, 2006

Promoting peace is for wimps - real governments sell weapons

I guess this shows us how a 'defence' industry really is a standing and probably normal contradiction to peacemaking and a politics of peacemaking.
There appears to be a sense among some at the core of government that peace, human rights and democracy are for wimps, while the serious business, for real players, is war and the means by which it is enacted.


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Thursday, August 10, 2006

The children of God will not go to war!

Thristian Peacemaker Teams played a useful part in protecting a nonviolent parade in Colombia
Colombian Independence Day, ... is marked in Bogot�by a grand military parade. Our team was invited to participate in a counter parade, organized by conscientious objectors, that would follow the military, cleaning the streets of the death left in their footsteps. We followed in the wake of this parade bringing song and dance, street theater, signs and brooms sweeping the streets clean of violence. The group we were with chanted loudly "Los J�venes de Jehovah, no van a la Guerra!" ("The children of God will not go to war!") There are a growing number of Colombians standing up against great odds, and great personal threat, to struggle for a nonviolent and just peace.

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Soldier sentenced to 28 days for refusing to serve in Lebanon - Haaretz - Israel News

In the inevitable simplifications of headline reporting, things like this get lost. So I'm reporting it here, from Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.
We wanted to protest the foolishness of this war," attorney Yifat Solel, who also serves on the Meretz board of directors, told Haaretz. "It's obvious that a military operation would cause the harming of innocents, and that the most significant achievement would be reached only through diplomatic negotiations

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Paul and War onJesus Creed

This post shows just why I think that we should be making sure that there is a good set of online resources that can put the Christian non-lethal peacemaking case. Brilliant discussion in the comments which manage not to be flame wars and yet raise the isses in a thoughtful way. I just wish there were the resources on line from the APF and the like to which I could point if I joined the discussion.
Jesus Creed � Paul and War
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