Iraq attack not ‘just war’

Published February 1, 2003

Archbishop Michael Peers, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, last November told a panel discussion in Toronto that an unprovoked attack on Iraq would fail St. Augustine’s test of a “just war.” The discussion, entitled Terrorism, War and Resurrection Faith, was held at Church of the Redeemer and also included Janet Somerville, former general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, and Walter Pitman, a former president of Ryerson University. Archbishop Peers noted that U.S. President George Bush is proposing a pre-emptive strike and not responding to a wrong suffered. In addition, he said, St. Augustine would counsel war as a last resort.


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