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notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK
Sunday, February 16, 2003Opposing War Is Good, But Not Good Enough
They can, however, be stopped by the application of international law, by popular opposition movements, by the use of dissenting media and other nonviolent means of undermining repressive regimes, all of which could be supported by Western governments with a bit of will and wit, in the present crisis.
All this is pointed out by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall in an excellent article, With Weapons of the Will: How to topple Saddam Hussein - nonviolently. It is also supported by Falch A. Jabar who writes, Opposing War Is Good, But Not Good Enough. ÒGetting rid of the Ba'th regime in Iraq has been the cause of my life for almost a quarter of a century,Ó he writes, offering an analysis of the present situation rare in its insight, balance and, ultimately, positive nonviolent solution. This involves moves which will turn the 'ruling class-clan' against their leader:
(b) giving him an alternative for safe passage at the same time;
(c) sending a list of thirty or so of his aides who are persona non grata and demand that they leave the country with him;
(d) encouraging this class-clan to oust Saddam into exile.Ó
Much of this has come from another excellent Sojourners initiaitive, just launched. TheyÕre calling it A National Teach-In on the War on Iraq. As part of their ongoing effort to offer creative nonviolent alternatives to war, they are organizing a series of teach-ins at colleges and in local communities through the week of February 24-28:
Can Saddam Hussein be disarmed without war?
What role can nonviolence play in bringing justice and democracy to the region?
What are the real reasons for the rush to war?
Will war lessen - or increase - the threat of terrorism in this country?
What role should Christians and other people of faith play in efforts to stop the war?
Are there alternatives to war?