Religion & War

By Priscilla Mader

Most of the religions teach that war is wrong and only justified when it is a last resort to settle a conflict, but human beings have been fighting each other since prehistoric times and people have been discussing the rights and wrongs of it for almost as long.

The United States is in war! The war in Iraq, also known as the occupation of Iraq began on March 20, 2003, and over 800.000 people already died in the Iraq war. The number of death between civil in Iraq in just one month, reached in October 2007 a record of 3.709 people dead, according to the records of the UN published in Bagdad on October 25, 2007.

According to the Word Public Opinion.org, the majority of citizens across the world (67%) think US-led forces should leave Iraq within a year, according to a BBC World Service poll of 23,000 people across 22 countries. Just one in four (23%) think foreign troops should remain in Iraq until security improves. However, half of those polled (49%) believe the United States plans to keep permanent military bases in Iraq. Another 36 percent believe the US will withdraw all forces once Iraq is stabilized.

Three in five Americans (61%) think US forces should get out of Iraq within a year, including 24 percent who favor immediate withdrawal and 37 percent who prefer a one year timetable. Another 32 percent of Americans say the forces should stay until security improves.
Opinions about the war vary. Dr. Betilde Rincon, an economics teacher at the USF believes that the war is good for the economy because it increases jobs for the production of military staff such as airplanes, submarines, munitions, etc. And she thinks that the US government needs to defend the nation. “As a Catholic, I believe that we should be in Iraq to defend, not to kill,” said Rincon.

So much hate, so much fight, so much death and too little peace. That is how the world is living today. The United States, the biggest Protestant country and its motto: In God We Trust, is it really true?

“I don’t understand religions that accept violence and war as part of their religion and government. It’s hypocrite! This war in Iraq is killing people, destroying families as well as our budget. Bush needs to stop it!” said Dereck Young, 20, Baptist, a junior Psychology student at the USF.
“Religion and War was always around and will always going be, but I believe that they shouldn’t belong together. This war in Iraq is unnecessary and it is pulling many people and families apart. Our soldiers should return home and this war should stop,” said Blake Fann, 21, Baptist, a junior Biology student at the USF.

Even the rest of the word has a different view about the war in Iraq. The chart below from the Word Public Opinion.org shows in numbers people’s opinion about Iraq’s war around the world:

“I believe that the US shouldn’t be fighting, but seeking for peace. The US government should for example: restore New Orleans, help this nation to rebuild broken families, and fight poverty instead of spend all this money killing our and other nations. America is great! It’s beautiful and it has a huge potential, but it is self destroying because of the greedy government that we’ve right now,” said Gervis Ochoa, 37, an international computer engineer student at the USF.

As long as humans, religions and politics are alive, it will always be a problem or a war around. That is the human nature.

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