*** DEBUG END ***

Taking issue with a Christian general’s views

27 October 2010


From Cllr Frank McManus

Sir, — General Sir Richard Dannatt (Features, 8 October) questions the Iraq venture, but falls back by saying that the elected UK Government “decreed that we should do it; we did it.” Hitler’s generals could have said the same of the Wehrmacht’s moves in the 1930s.

Tony Blair had no mandate from the voters, and Labour’s settled post-war policy had been to act within the United Nations, which did not hap­pen. We were failed not only by the headstrong Prime Minister, but also by most MPs in both main parties.

It is a pity that the General was not asked about pacificism, on which St Paul was crystal-clear. Jesus taught that all who take the sword will perish by it.

The General is concerned for de­fence, and his keenness for conflict-prevention is welcome; yet it seems compromised by his acceptance of national armed forces, which, un­like UN police-contingents, are (to quote seven Lambeth Confer­ences) “incompatible with the teach­ing and example of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Locksley House
97 Longfield Road
Todmorden OL14 6ND

Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear alongside your letter.

Forthcoming Events

6-7 September 2022
Preaching as Pilgrimage conference
From the College of Preachers.

27-28 September 2022
humbler church Bigger God conference
The HeartEdge Conference in Manchester includes the Theology Slam Live Final.

More events

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.