I repent of my early support for the Iraq War

I wish I had listened to John Paul II at the time, and I have learned my lesson.

Pia de Solenni explains why we’re praying and fasting today, and includes links to an Italian/Latin booklet so you can follow along with the Pope as he leads a prayer vigil today (Eastern Time 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) for peace.

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  • richard

    I noticed in his homily/meditation the Holy Father used the phrase “good will”. We know it from the Gloria in the liturgy and from Luke 2:14. Digging a little deeper I found that the phrase is used 9 times in the OT.

  • Tim in Cleveland

    Meh, no worries. I was against the Iraq War at the time, but not because of any principled opposition… I was just in college and being against George Bush II was the thing at the time. (Of course that doesn’t mean I now believe invading Iraq was the the best route).

    But I can honestly see an honest case of being for the Iraq War (at the time) and being against invading Syria. Experience has taught America some difficult lessons.

  • ThroughlyAnnoyedTeenageGirl

    I’m just a (very) young history nerd, but here’s a piece I wrote about it as an assignment for my high school Government class.

    Internal conflict in a troubled area of the world suddenly
    escalates. A powerful nation demands
    investigation and threatens invasion.
    Other countries promise retribution if invasion occurs. The President is incapable of committing to
    any course of action. Allies are called upon, the world braces itself for
    conflict.

    Sounds like
    the situation in Syria,
    doesn’t it? Actually, this is a summary
    of the set up to World War I. World War
    I was the war that was not supposed to happen. Every country involved thought that it would
    be a short and rather easy war that could be won in a matter of months. Yet it quickly became a four-year slaughter
    that changed the face of power politics worldwide and created a perfect storm
    that produced the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.

    Obama was foolish in putting forth his
    “red line” ultimatum, and is more foolish for ducking responsibility
    for what he did. Morally and
    politically, it is wrong and stupid for a foreign power to invade a country
    over civil affairs. Now Obama can try to
    save face by forcing Congress to send the American people into war once again
    and prime the twenty-first century to be much like the twentieth. Or, Obama can swallow his pride, accept
    humiliation, learn from mistakes of the past, and work toward peaceful
    solutions addressing the roots of conflict.

    • Dale

      I disagree that the situation in Syria resembles World War I. Certainly the cause of the conflict is dissimilar. In the case of the Great War, the catalyst was the series of interlocking defense treaties. That doesn’t seem to be in play in the Syrian crisis.

      Is the the invasion of a foreign country to rescue citizens of that country ever justified? What about rescuing the Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide? What about rescuing the Jews (and other minorities) during the Nazi reign in Europe? Was the US correct in winking at Saddam Hussein when he gassed the Kurds? Is there no responsibility to care for our neighbor? What would Jesus say?

      The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind. So does Mark 12:28-31

  • jen

    There’s actually a bumper sticker that says “I’m already against the next war” which my hippie self wants to procure.

  • Dritte

    I still think the Iraq War was morally justified. However, in retrospect, it was a bad idea. All war in Middle East countries does is stir the sludge to bring up the next round of dictators. I think in the future targeted military actions that keep those countries from threatening others would be worthwhile–if we can restrain our desire to waste billions trying to set up little tripartite democracies in our own image.

  • Zelda

    I supported the Iraq war, and still do. Saddam Hussein was a monster. Collateral damage is horrible, but so is leaving a monster in power, and at least in Iraq there was some hope of a more humane, less authoritarian government. Not so in Syria. It’s either Assad, a monster, or al Qaeda, terrorist monsters. There are no good options.


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