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May 25, 2008

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questingparson

While I don't usually respond to comments, and while I'm grateful for your remark, I've re-read this sermon and cannot find where I put a black hat on my country. My comment was whether or not people were worried that innocent people are killed, that would include the people killed by forces other than my on nation.

Anonymous Visitor

Did you worry about Iraqi's under Sadaam Hussein?Along with other human rights organizations, The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq. Human Rights Watch reports that in one operation alone, the Anfal, Saddam killed 100,000 Kurdish Iraqis. Another 500,000 are estimated to have died in Saddam's needless war with Iran. Coldly taken as a daily average for the 24 years of Saddam's reign, these numbers give us a horrifying picture of between 70 and 125 civilian deaths per day for every one of Saddam's 8,000-odd days in powerI generally respect your wisdom and liberalism and would agree that christians should certainly not revel in war. However, in this case I think you too easily place the black hat on the country that protects your freedom to express that opinion. You are wise enough to know that situations such as Iraq defy simple answers and that who is actually innocent is even harder to determine in the complex fabric of the middle east. That said, I enjoy your quest, parson.H.KayBaton Rouge, LA

Anonymous Visitor

I suppose because you started the paragraph with the U.S. and coalition forces and ended with our bombs I read in something you did not intend. In a larger context I of course agree with your sentiment, we ought to worry as Christians about innocents suffering regardless of where they are and who is causing the suffering. My larger point was that placing responsibiltity for that suffering is a complicated endeavor and that the most obvious and easiest targets are not necessarily the most grievous offenders. Add in the Theodicy issue and it becomes even more complicated. Thank you for clarifying and again, I appreciate your efforts.H.KayBaton Rouge

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