5th Anniversary of the War

I find it extremely sad and disturbing that I have to post this yet again. Last year (on the 4th Anniversary) and the year before that (on the 3rd Annivesary) I posted this picture on St. Joseph's Day (when the Iraq war started - I still wonder how he feels about that). This weekend while I am in Seattle we will "celebrate" the 5th Anniversary.

Since the start of the war, more than an estimated 1 million Iraqi Civilians have died. Almost 4,000 US military members have been killed - almost 30,000 seriously injured. Over 300 military members from other Countries have been killed. Over 1,000 Contractors have been killed.

  • Pray for Peace.

  • If you are so inclined, march for peace - you can find an event in your local area here.

  • Or contact your representatives in Congress to encourage them to courageously act for peace in Iraq and around the globe.

  • If you are a blogger, become a blog for peace.

  • But most importantly, pray for those who have lost loved ones. And pray for peace.

God of Peace, grant peace to the people of Iraq, the United States and the entire world. Give us the strength and wisdom to follow the path of peace. May Joseph's life of faith inspire us to trust in your abiding love, especially in times of struggle and uncertaintly. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

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