Iraqi bishop urges peace after withdrawal of US troops

.- In an interview given to Vatican Radio as the last American combat brigade leaves Iraq, Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad, Shlemon Warduni explained that what the country urgently needs is peace and security which are still far from being achieved.

The prelate said, "it's very difficult to live in a place where there is no law, where there's no government. Iraq is without government, it's lawless. How can you live in a place like that?”

He continued, “First you need a stable government, a law that governs the country because now the terrorists come and go as they please. There is no work, (but) there are car bombs, kamikaze attacks and other manifestations of violence."

"If foreign troops leave, they have a duty to leave peace and security behind them. Today we are seeing the negative results of the war. … As the deceased Pope John Paul II said and Benedict XVI says, war destroys everything and doesn't do any good.

“We ask all men of good faith to cooperate with conscience, this conscience that puts God at the center and not personal matters or personal interests. We desire, we ask, we scream for peace and security!"

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