Chapter 6: Christian Pacifism After 9/11: A Mennonite Perspective
6. Christian paciﬁsm after 9/11: a Mennonite perspective Atsuhiro Katano I INTRODUCTION On March 9, 2006, a slain body was found in western Baghdad, Iraq. It was that of Tom Fox, 54 years of age, from Clearbrook, VA, with his hands tied and gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He was a Quaker and an active member of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a non-governmental organization founded in 1988 and committed to reducing violence through ‘getting in the way’ (i.e., civil intervention) in areas of lethal conﬂict around the world. Fox was abducted, along with three other colleagues, on November 26, 2005. They appeared in several videos aired by the Al Jazeera network in December 2005 and January 2006. The last video was aired in March 2006 and showed all the hostages except Fox. On March 23, 2006, the other three hostages were found in western Baghdad and freed by US and British soldiers. None of the captors was present and no shots were ﬁred at the time of rescue. CPT was initiated by the so-called Historic Peace Churches, namely the Quakers, Mennonites, and Brethren. CPT has been present in Iraq since October 2002 to provide ﬁrst-hand independent reports from the region, to work with detainees of both US and Iraqi forces, and to train others, including Muslims, in non-violent intervention and human rights violations documentation. Fox became interested in CPT after seeing news coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Reminded of the vision of Quaker...
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