Catholic bishops' conferences from around the world firmly endorsed Pope John Paul II's views in an unprecedented flood of statements opposing the invasion of Iraq. Yet for the first time in the history of the western democracies, the United States, Britain and Australia invaded a country in defiance of the moral authority of the just war tradition.
Instead of bringing al-Qaeda to justice, the world now faces a religiously-based conflict that could last decades, raising real fears that such groups could even explode nuclear weapons in major western cities. Rivers of blood have been shed, but the Howard government dismissed this whole fiasco as if it were an honest mistake. The people responsible for Australia's involvement in the carnage have offered no apology and shown no remorse or regret. - Bruce Duncan, Social Policy Connections (click below for full article)