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More thought on the War:

More thought on the War: Tony Campolo’s view

I was asked quite simply, in a debate, “What do you suggest as an alternative? I mean, Saddam Hussein is a crazy man, he is a threat to civilization, how do you stop him?” Has anybody every thought about doing things the way Jesus told us to do them?

We’ve embargoed Iraq for the last 10 years. A half a million children in Iraq under the age of 12 have died as a direct result of that embargo, either from malnutrition of from lack of medicine. Here’s the foreign policy I would suggest: to end the embargo! The Bible says if your enemy hungers — what? — feed him. If he’s naked, clothe him, if he’s sick, care for him.

Nothing would destroy the authority of Saddam Hussein more than if we Christians provided a massive relief program of food and medicine to the people of Iraq. And if we are going to pave the way for missionary enterprise, we have got to do that. We’ve got to do that. I don’t know who’s going to do it; but somebody’s got to organize the Christian community, and say we’re going to load up freighters with food and medicine — and we’re going to send them to Iraq, and we dare the US Navy to stop us.

When we try to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, you say “You can’t overcome Saddam Hussein that way” . . . I believe in Jesus, and Jesus says “Overcome evil with [good].”

You see, we always say the just shall live by faith, but people say “Oh that’s alright for you idealists, you’ve got to be realistic!” Realistic? I know that Saddam Hussein has chemical weapons of mass destruction. You know how I know? Because President Clinton told me that he — and formerly President Bush — gave Saddam Hussein those chemical weapons.
You see, in those days, we were trying to hold back Iran. We were trying to keep Iran in place, and so we armed Saddam Hussein to hold back Iran. It was realistic politics, it was realism, it was intelligent foreign policy — and it’s stupid. What we should have done was given food to the hungry, clothe the naked . . . We’ve got to be peacemakers.

Let me lay it on you: You don’t get rid of terrorism by killing terrorists, anymore than you get rid of malaria by killing mosquitoes. You get rid of malaria, not by killing mosquitoes, but by getting rid of the swamps that breed those mosquitoes. You don’t get rid of terrorists by killing terrorists — because it only creates more terrorists, does it not? You get rid of terrorists by dealing with the poverty and the humiliation that Arab peoples have had to endure. It’s time that we stand up and speak as peacemakers in the world. We are called to a ministry of reconciliation . .

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March 25, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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