Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 20, 2006
American bishops want U.S. troops out of Iraq
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
"Our nation's military forces should remain in Iraq only as long as their presence contributes to a responsible transition."
- U.S. bishops
"The war's costs are measured in lives lost and many more injured, in widespread sectarian strife, civil insurgency and terrorist attacks, and in the daily struggles of Iraqis to build a decent future for their devastated nation," the statement said.
The statement notes the U.S. bishops and the Vatican have expressed "grave moral concerns" about military intervention in Iraq, pointed to "the unpredictable and uncontrollable negative consequences of invasion and occupation" and questioned the morality of "preventative war."
It urged the U.S. government to engage in "collaborative dialogue" to assess the situation on the ground and build agreement on concrete steps to move forward.
"We hope our nation has moved beyond the divisive rhetoric of the recent campaign and the shrill and shallow debate that distorts reality and reduces the options to 'cut and run' versus 'stay the course,'" the bishops said.
"Our nation needs a much more substantive, civil and non-partisan discussion of ways to plan and secure a responsible transition in Iraq."
The bishops stressed that "our nation's military forces should remain in Iraq only as long as their presence contributes to a responsible transition."
(© Catholic Online 2006, www.catholic.org)
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