ISBN 9781846841415,Iraq: Searching for Hope

Iraq: Searching for Hope



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Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9781846841415

ISBN-10 1846841410


Number of Pages 192 Pages
Language (English)

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As an envoy for peace, Andrew White is dedicated to religious and political reconciliation in Iraq and has frequently risked his life. In this new edition of his book, which tells a remarkable inside story, Andrew reflects on what he has seen in Iraq during his visits since 2005, including the escalating violence, working with the military and the involvement of the Americans. He also assesses what he considers to be mistakes in the peace process. Among the more dramatic moments are the trial of Saddam, at which Andrew was present; the abduction of the leaders of St Georges church and their presumed death; and hostage crises including the death of colleagues. Andrews personal struggle has been very real, but even at the worst moments, he never loses hope.

His picture of life on the ground in Iraq is as compelling as his insights into what goes on behind the political censors. Interspersed in this compelling account are reflections on such profound issues as the nature of evil, the occasional necessity of war and perhaps the most urgent question whether religion is part of the problem or the solution.

About the Author
Canon Andrew White is the former International Director of the Iraqi Institute of Peace and President of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.

Table of Contents
Making friends with the enemy
The struggle begins
Why me?
Hope, edged with fear
Was the war justified?
The tale of suffering
Is it appropriate to speak of evil?
Chaos and horror
Who are the insurgents?
The pursuit of peace
Doesnt religion do more harm than good?
Signing up
Can there be peace between religions?
Striving to set the captives free
Where is God in all this?
The corridors of power
Whose side are the media on?
Changing regimes
What is so special about Iraq?
Signs of new growth
A land of hope
The darkness and the glory
Appendix 1: The Baghdad Religious Accord
The Dokan Religious Accord
Appendix 2: Whos who