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|PRESS RELEASE 15 Feb 2003
CHRISTIANS JOIN ANTI WAR MARCH AND CALL FOR STRONGER AND MORE ECOLOGICAL 'JUST WAR CRITERIA'
Members of Christian Ecology Link will be attending the demonstrations against war on Iraq on Saturday in London and Glasgow. In a statement today CEL Chairman Tim Cooper said:
"In his Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman last week, the Prime Minister, when asked whether a military attack on Iraq would be a just war, sidestepped the question. We can only conclude that he recognises that it does not meet the just war criteria.
Church leaders opposing war in Iraq have used the just war principles. We agree that military action would not meet the current just war criteria. Yet like the Archbishop of Armagh and All Ireland, who recently called for an additional criterion to take account of humanitarian considerations, we believe that the just war principles could be extended further, given the destructive capability of weapons of mass destruction.
A further criterion would reject war 'where substantial and irrecoverable harm to the environment, including humans and other species, is likely to be caused by the use of powerful bombs or biological, chemical or nuclear weaponry.'
Such a clause would be justified on Biblical grounds such as Genesis 2:15, Psalm 24:1, and 2 Timothy 2:24."
Christian Ecology Link has written to the Prime Minister to oppose the use of pre-emptive military action without United Nations backing.
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