War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
by Shane Claiborne
Originally published 3/23/10 at God’s Politics
I can’t imagine a better way to lament the 7th anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out against it. Not only did this past week mark the war’s anniversary, but it also marked the first Truth Commission on Conscience in War — which could likely become a historic date as other Truth Commissions are launched around the country over the next year. It was an honor for me to be one of the inaugural “commissioners” (basically, a good listener and witness) and a sponsor of the event, which was held at the legendary Riverside Church in New York. It was there some 40 years ago that Dr. King confessed that America had become “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” Last night we heard the echoes of Dr. King’s prophetic voice… and from that same pulpit.