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Mideast conflicts show 'moral bankruptcy of modern warfare,' say African bishops

Catholic World News - August 21, 2014

The bishops of southern Africa have issued a statement arguing that current conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Gaza show “the moral bankruptcy of modern warfare,” the Fides news service reports.

The bishops’ conference of South Africa, Botswana, and Swaziland (SACBC) argue that warfare “solves nothing; it never reconciles but only succeeds in entrenching hatred and division.” Military conflict, they say, provides “little hope for any lasting peace.”

The SACBC statement decries the “absolutely revolting” treatment of Christians in northern Iraq, saying that the destruction of entire dioceses is “a crime against humanity.” The bishops call upon responsible Muslim leaders to “put pressure on the extremists” to end the violence.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 22, 2014 1:51 AM ET USA

    Just who are these "responsible Muslim leaders?" Most of the Gulf states support the various Muslim sects and terrorist groups, militarily and/or financially. Sometimes it comes back to bite them (and the US), as in ISIS, but the band plays on.... So are the many imans that don't carry much weight unless the Arab royalty allows them to speak and you still have to decide which brand of Islam do you want.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Aug. 21, 2014 10:16 PM ET USA

    Why include "modern"? Few wars have ever settled anything. Well except the disposition of a lot of lives.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Aug. 21, 2014 10:15 PM ET USA

    Good luck with that. "Responsible" and Muslim do not really belong in the same sentence. Unless it is something to the effect of Muslims were responsible for (insert shameful act of your choice) at . . .

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