THERE can be no return to the "war on terror", but limited
military action is required to resist Islamist terrorism, the
Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Writing in the magazine Prospect, Archbishop Welby said
that violence by itself achieved nothing, but it should be used
sparingly to create "safe space" to defeat violent jihadism by
"Nobody should be calling for a 'war on terror' - we tried that
and it fed what we feared. Nor are we in a conflict of
civilisations," he wrote. "Our struggle is for the ideas of human
flourishing both now and eternally, of mutual love and
In the House of Lords earlier this month, the Archbishop voted
for air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, but argued that the
religious aspects of the conflict required ideological warfare.
"Religious justifications of violence must be robustly refuted," he
He also warned that military intervention by the West was often
seen as a return to the Crusades by Muslim-majority countries. None
the less, he noted that both Muslims and Christians had been
victims of this global conflict.
Sukkot campaign. In response to the continuing
displacement of millions of people across the Middle East,
Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders have launched a campaign to
persuade the UK Government to take in more refugees from Iraq and
On 8 October, at the start of the Jewish festival of Sukkot
(Feast of Tabernacles), the Area Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd
Jonathan Clark, and the former Bishop of Worcester, Dr Peter Selby,
joined with leaders of the other faiths in calling for the number
of refugees resettled each year to be doubled.
The UK accepts 750 refugees through a UN programme. The Season
of Sanctuary campaign, which has been organised by Citizens UK,
wants the Government to increase that figure to 1500.
During Sukkot, mixed-faith groups of campaigners will take part
in the tradition of constructing a temporary shelter to remember
the refugee experiences of their ancestors. The activists say if
just 15 local authorities promised to find room for 50 more
refugees, the UK could double its annual intake.
Dr Selby said: "Here is a chance for our country to reclaim its
tradition of hospitality and sanctuary by welcoming people whose
claim on our compassion is beyond question. In the process, we
shall also be helping some of the poorest countries who are bearing
the largest burdens of refugee support."
A community organiser with Citizens UK, Ben Pollard, said on
Wednesday that Britain's history of welcoming refugees was under
threat from anti-immigration politicians, including many from
In June, it was revealed that only 24 Syrians had been resettled
in the UK as part of the Government's scheme for the relocation of
vulnerable persons. Mr Pollard argued that this could, and should,
be dramatically increased. "Germany has made a commitment to
resettle 10,000 a year. So, where there is political will, it can
Citizens UK is keen to work with local communities, so that
refugees would be welcomed into an area rather than imposed by
Mr Pollard said that some councils had already responded,
including Kingston upon Thames, in south-west London, which has
agreed to offer sanctuary to 50 Syrian refugees because of a local
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