Four Anglican bishops want Iraq war apology

Bishops say democracy cannot be imposed by force
Four senior Anglican bishops have suggested that the Church of England arrange a meeting of Muslim and Christian leaders to initiate an apology by Western countries involved in the war in Iraq.

The initiative is contained in a 100-page document prepared by a working group under the leadership of the bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries, and published September 19.

It points to a “a long litany of errors in the West’s handling of Iraq” and urges “a clear public recognition of the way that the West has contributed to the present tragic situation.” It says the church can play a role because governments are unlikely to express remorse.

Daud Abdullah, deputy general secretary of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, said: “This appears to be a positive initiative which could go a long way in helping to alleviate misunderstanding. I look forward to studying the detail.”


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