Yet more Anglican dhimmitude. Any apology of any kind, whatever errors of judgment or execution there may have been, would at this point only play into the hands of the jihadists. The Anglican bishops are completely in thrall to the core notion, as propagated by Said and so many others, that white Christian Westerners can only be oppressors and villians, and their opponents only noble, dignified, and pure. From the BBC, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Church of England bishops have suggested Christian leaders apologise to Muslim leaders for the war in Iraq.
A report from a working group of bishops says the war was one of a “long litany of errors” relating to Iraq.
As the government is unlikely to offer an apology, a meeting of religious leaders would provide a “public act of institutional repentance”, it said.
It urges a “truth and reconciliation” meeting, but acknowledges that arranging it could be difficult.
The report, entitled Countering Terrorism: Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11, was written by a working group of the Church of England’s House of Bishops.
It suggests the meeting would be an opportunity to apologise for the way the West has contributed to the situation in Iraq, including the war.
The Church of England has criticised the war, saying it was not a “just war”.
But a dilemma now exists for those within the Church – to pull out of Iraq without a stable democracy in place would be irresponsible, but to stay suggests collusion with a “gravely mistaken” war, the bishops said.
But if collusion was a necessary evil, the report says, there needs to be a degree of public recognition of the West’s responsibility for the present situation.