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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called the death of Libya’s longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi the end of a “harsh and oppressive regime,” and pledged to work with the country’s new government. Gadhafi, 69, was shot by rebels on Thursday (Oct. 20) near his native city of Sirte, and video images of his dead body […] Read More

The 30th anniversary of the GreenhamCommonWomen’sPeaceCamp in Berkshire, England, which irritated the military and political establishment from 1981 until 2000 – though the last missiles left in 1992 – was appropriately observed with newspaper articles and TV news features. Whatever one may have thought of the policies they were advocating, the moral seriousness of the […] Read More

I watched President Obama commit us to endless war Monday night, and it made me sick.   Speaking of the obligation of America to intervene in Libya, Obama said, “To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and, more profoundly, our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal […] Read More

Public opinion polls show that people in the United States are skeptical about U.S. attacks on Libya.   The Pew Research Center released a survey on March 28 showing mixed support for the Obama administration’s decision to launch airstrikes against Libya in conjunction with coalition forces.   “After several days of airstrikes on Libya by […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya, where U.S. and allied European forces have been targeting military assets controlled by the country’s dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Benedict made his statement on Sunday (March 28), following his weekly recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s […] Read More

A handful of U.S. Christian leaders and commentators weighed in last week on U.S. military force against Libya, while some Christian quarters were silent.   Leading an international coalition, the United States fired more than 112 cruise missiles at Libyan targets March 19. President Barack Obama said the goal was to protect civilians.   The […] Read More

British forces are in action in Libya in a campaign that has the potential to be hugely divisive.   No war has ever had the universal support of the population, and one of the burdens of government is that our leaders have to make unpopular decisions.   But the broad national and international support this […] Read More

President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time.   The first time was when he announced in early December 2009 that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there.   In Obama’s speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., he talked about […] Read More

Nearly a century ago the world experienced “the war to end war.”   Wars have not ended because the assumption underlying this statement remains unquestioned: Violence can rid the world of violence.   The most recent evidence of this prevailing ideology is the decision to use violence to stop Moammar Gaddafi’s use of violence against […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI voiced “fear and trepidation” about the “disturbing news coming from Libya” in a carefully worded statement that neither endorsed nor condemned U.S. and European attacks against Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Benedict made his statement on Sunday (March 20), following his weekly recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. […] Read More