US Religious Leaders Urge Bush to Drop Iraq War Plans
VOA News - 4 Jan 2003
Thirteen U.S. religious leaders left Baghdad Friday,
after a four-day visit and a plea to President Bush to
drop war plans against Iraq.
The head of the National Council of Churches, Bob Edgar,
characterized the delegation as religious rather than
political, and told reporters his group came as
humanitarian inspectors rather than weapons inspectors.
Earlier this week, the clergyman and former U.S.
congressman said his group sees preemptive war as
immoral and illegal. He said a U.S.-led war against the
Baghdad government will result in suffering and
widespread Iraqi civilian deaths.
Mr. Edgar said his group plans to meet with Bush
administration officials when members return home. He
said he believes the entire Middle East region, as well
as the United States, will be at greater risk of
terrorism if there is war with Iraq.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.