Methodist bishops urge immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq

A near-unanimous vote
In a near-unanimous vote, the bishops of the United Methodist Church have called on the United States to begin an immediate, safe and full withdrawal of all troops from Iraq—the bishops’ strongest statement ever against the four-year-old war.

The resolution, approved by more than 60 bishops November 9 in their semiannual meeting at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, also urged that no additional troops be deployed to Iraq and that there be no permanent military bases within Iraq belonging to the U.S. or its coalition partners.

“Every day that the war continues, more soldiers and innocent civilians are killed with no end in sight to the violence, bloodshed and carnage,” the bishops said in their resolution. They cited the more than 3,800 U.S. military deaths since the U.S.-led coalition overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein but got bogged down in sectarian turmoil and violence.

 

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