Bridge City Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),
standing in the 350 year tradition of Friends’ opposition to war, calls for
the United States to begin the orderly termination of the U.S. military
occupation of Iraq immediately.
We are saddened by the building of permanent
U.S. bases in Iraq and anguished by the violent deaths and injuries of tens
of thousands of Iraqis and another generation of U.S. soldiers.
with the international community and Iraqis themselves, we accept the moral
and legal obligation of the United States to help repair Iraq’s war damage.
Since we are called to live in that love and power that takes away the
occasion of all war, we acknowledge our own obligation to remove the seeds
of war embedded in our daily lives and call for our nation to turn toward
nonviolent resolution of conflicts.
We hold in our hearts and prayers the
people of Iraq, troops of the United States and other nations, humanitarian
workers in Iraq, loved ones of all in harm’s way, leaders of Iraq and the
United States, and all others affected by this war.
Approved by Bridge City Friends Meeting on this 14th day of the 5th month, 2006,
gathered in monthly session at Portland French School in Portland, Oregon.