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Letters to AO

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Letters from 16 to 22 July 2007

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On the frontiers of Afghanistan

Thank you re your editorial on the Middle East. Recently Bishop Riah (former Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem) spoke in London and suggested the road to peace in Bagdad was via Jerusalem. The western governments do appear to ignore that the Palestinian situation has been the source of so much antagonism for decades and has now turned into terrorism!

However this has prompted me to write about my contact with Christians in the NWFP of Pakistan and especially the small predominantly Anglican Diocese of Peshawar. They are increasingly facing persecution but much of the venom comes from being seen as 'western sympathisers'. Western governments' actions have a huge negative effect upon our brothers and sisters in Christ in Moslem countries.

I was a visitor in October 2006 and went to the earthquake zone. The diocese of Peshawar has adopted six mountain villages (all conservative Moslem) and genuine care, support, money, energy, human power and love helped those villagers begin to have life... again! The diocese even brought a new supply of water that had been lost when the spring disappeared because of the earthquake.

If you want to see genuine Christian-Moslem partnership on the frontiers with Afghanistan consider looking at the web site and consult the menu. It is a remarkable story that deserves our prayers and possibly some of our money!

Keith L Wassall
S. Mark Millfield and S. Luke Pallion (Sunderland)
County Durham, ENGLAND
16 July 2007

Off the mark?

In regard to the front-page excerpt from Canon White, concerning the violence in the Middle East, and specifically in Gaza, I would like to express my opinion in respons. He writes: "What is clear is violence begets violence. It does not matter who commits it, it is never the way forward. So the missiles rained down on Sederot in Israel with increased intensity. The danger to Israel is now increased."

The danger to Israel has never ceased to exist, not from the day of its inception until today. While I agree that violence is never the way forward, how does a people and its country (Israel), who've been the victims of countless attacks, killing of its civilians and children through the murderous and insidious method of "suicide" bombings not also count? Are we weighing the lives of one group over another in the light of self-defense? I do not blindly support the actions of the Israeli Forces in every instance, but I do for certain know that restraint is something that is most always shown and that armed response is targeted, not random.

The Anglican Church has had a thread of anti-Israel sentiment throughout its history and today's article doesn't do well to disprove that fact.

Philip J Condenzio
New York, New York, USA
16 July 2007

The view from a Christian Iraqi

Just a quick follow up on your fine piece on Christians in the Middle East. I commend a recent book — Christianity in Iraq — by Dr Suha Rassam [Gracewing 2005]. She covers a lot of ground and as an Iraqi Christian has an inside track.

The Reverend Andy Bawtree
Church of England
16 July 2007

Prayer Books for Iraq

I wish to publicly thank the Reverend William Thiele and Mrs. Thiele and the parishioners of St John's (Flemington, New Jersey, USA) for the very kind donation of Books of Common Prayer. Having proper prayer books has greatly improved our time of worship. They have facilitated a time when we can gather here in Iraq and, in our service to God, be made aware of our connection to Christians around the world and our families back home. I know this is something that brings satisfaction and comfort to all those who have become part of our Anglican Community.

CH (CPT) Steven Rindahl
The Anglican Community of Camp Liberty
Camp Liberty, Baghdad, IRAQ
21 July 2007

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