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Peace in Iraq (80614-C1-R337)

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The prophet Micah reminds us that God calls nations to “beat their swords into
plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks,” and that nations will no longer “lift up
sword against nation, and neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Micah4:3)
The war in Iraq must end. It is a tragedy that wounds the heart of God. Thousands of
lives have been lost, millions of Iraqis have fled their country, and hundreds of billions of
dollars wasted in a war the United States initiated and never should have fought.
A bipartisan U.S. commission appointed by President Bush chaired by former Governor
Tom Keane and former Representative Lee Hamilton established that:

  • No weapons of mass destruction were stored in Iraq;
  • There was no attempt on the part of the government of Saddam Hussein to
    purchase uranium from the nation of Niger;
  • There were no ties between Saddam Hussein and the events of September 11,
    2001;
  • There were no ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.
    As people of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we pray for peace, stability and freedom
    in Iraq. We believe the Iraqi people can and should ultimately determine how these will
    be achieved. It is time for the United States to end the conflict and withdraw U.S. troops,
    to discontinue waging war and to seek a peaceful political solution in concert with the
    international community.
    In recognition of the Church’s responsibility to work for peace, The General Conference
    of The United Methodist Church calls upon the U.S. government to:
    1. End the cycle of violence in Iraq by developing and implementing a plan for the
    immediate and safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country;
    2. Work with Iraqis of good will, the United Nations and nations in the Middle East to
    bring about a peaceful, long-term resolution to the conflict and rebuild Iraq;
    3. Commit U.S. funds for the rebuilding of Iraq through a plan that ensures the
    participation of the Iraqis and gives them hope for their future;
    4. Provide adequate funding for U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and their
    families.
    We urge United Methodists throughout the world to pray for an immediate end to the war
    in Iraq and to speak out for public policies that promote peace, justice and reconciliation.