Lent in a warmaking empire

Mar. 12, 2010
By Art Laffin

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We live in a warmaking empire, where war is being waged indiscriminately in order to control and acquire resources — namely oil in Iraq, and natural gas and oil in Afghanistan and the Caspian Sea. The U.S. continues to create mass violence in Afghanistan, bringing death to countless innocent Afghan civilians and nearly 1,000 U.S. soldiers. The United States has also increased its military intervention in Pakistan and Yemen. According to the Pakistani newspaper, The News (Feb. 2, 2010), U.S. drone attacks killed 123 civilians in January 2010. (more…)

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Reflection on the Anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s Martyrdom

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Dear Friends,

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. It is interesting to note that on February 17, 1980, Romero wrote to President Jimmy Carter making the following appeal: “Prohibit all U.S. military assistance to the Salvadoran government. Guarantee that the US government will not intervene, directly or indirectly, by military, economic, diplomatic, or other pressures, to influence the direction of the destiny of the Salvadoran people.” A little over a month later Romero was shot and killed by an assassin while he celebrated the Eucharist. In 1993, the UN Truth Commission Report established that Major Roberto D’Aubuisson, a graduate of the School of the Americas (Assassins), ordered Romero’s assassination. (more…)