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Archbishop's visit to troops in Iraq

Sir, - I was deeply saddened by the photograph of the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Robin Eames, among the servicemen in Iraq ( News, 23 December). Does the Archbishop, from a land that has seen a prolonged tribal conflict between rival followers of Jesus Christ, have to give his assent to the illegal occupation of Iraq, and applaud the work of the regiment?

Did he spare a thought for the many innocent lives sacrificed in the theatre of war, where even body-counts had been ruled out? Did he spare a thought for the ancient Christians of Iraq who have suffered as a result of the war? Holy Innocents' Day was only a few days away.

Much damage has been done to the message of Jesus by the "witness" of the Church and its leaders who try to serve two masters. Is it not ironic that the ill-fated Decade of Evangelism started with the Gulf War and ended with the Balkan War?

What message does the Church have for the victims of the war in Iraq, including those in Britain?
P. ARULANANTHAM
3 St John's Church Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5BQ

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