Wars unspokenBy Earl Martin Harrisonburg, Va.
Thank you for your inspiring coverage of the Mennonite Church USA convention at Pittsburgh. I marveled sadly that not once did I see mention of the wars the United States is fighting. Our country is engaged in the longest war in U.S. history, and Mennonites have contributed at least tens of millions of dollars to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. War funding, troop deployment and casualties have increased dramatically in Afghanistan.
We like to think of ourselves as representing God’s call to peace. How can we avoid being anesthetized against the realities of these wars? How can we represent love for enemy in the midst of this counterproductive policy of killing? Is it time for more war-tax resistance in our church? Is the upcoming anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11 a time to declare that finally we must accept that war is not the answer?
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