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Challenge of the Islamic State extremists in Iraq

22 August 2014


From Mr R. H. Stansfield

Sir, - Your leader comment makes sad reading (15 August). It is clearly influenced by the state-church link. To say that it is impossible to imagine a religious justification for Islamic State's actions shows that the writer has not looked at the matter from a Christian stance: the mote and the beam.

Is it not the case that the loss of hundreds of thousands of Muslim lives at the hands of Christian armies may have hardened the determination of IS militants to respond with similar violence? History shows that faith and ideologies cannot be destroyed by military force. The writer teeters on the edge of advocating military action against IS or, to put it bluntly, killing them.

By what religious justification? God's will expressed through Jesus Christ is that all people that on earth do dwell should find their life to be a pleasant experience. Hence the prayer "thy Kingdom come." Our Sunday services include opportunities for confession and the seeking of forgiveness. Is your writer really suggesting that Christ's problem-solving strategy is a non-starter?

Dunelm, South Street
Burton Fleming
Driffield YO25 3NZ


From the Ven. Alan Davis

Sir, - For all the thousands of words by others on the issue of peace in Iraq, Andrew Brown summarises the West's dilemma in one sentence (Press, 15 August): "It is one of the great ironies of history that the criminal folly of the invasion of Iraq should have produced, 12 years on, a crisis that actually fulfils all the conditions for a just war - at the moment when the Western powers are so weakened and demoralised by their earlier, unjust war that there is really nothing they can do."

Not for the first time, Mr Brown hits the nail on the head.

71 North Street
Atherstone CV9 1JW

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