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October 14, 2002

The CPSP Governing Council Meeting in Washington, DC Issues Position on War with Iraq

October 15, 2002

To The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
Washington DC

From Raymond J. Lawrence
General Secretary
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

The drum beat for war emanating from the national leadership is deeply troubling and divisive. The current national leadership may well be privy, as you claim, to secret information affecting the nation?s security and well being. While it is almost impossible for citizens to assess the weight of evidence that impels us toward war, the call for terror to meet terror in the case of Iraq leaves us wary.

Even more troubling than our progress toward war is the eclipse of the political vision that inspired the formation of this nation, a vision of justice, economic well being, and self-determination for all people. Set against this noble vision of the nation?s founders, and intended for all peoples everywhere, your government has asserted the political values of self-interest and international hegemony. We are profoundly concerned that you are leading us to become a predatory people without vision. Ancient wisdom holds that "where there is no vision, the people perish."

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at October 14, 2002 11:02 PM

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