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Eye on the world: Healing division in Iraq

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In “What defines victory for Iraq in MosulThe Christian Science Monitor reports on the progress being made to heal the divisions in Iraq. “Some of the most welcome images coming out of the war against Islamic State (IS) have been pictures of Sunni civilians, especially children, flashing V signs at Iraqi Army soldiers during the ongoing liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. The soldiers are mainly Shiites yet they have acted with patriotic discipline as they steadily defeat the terrorist group, aid the city’s Sunni residents, and reunite Iraq. Iraq will need more examples of Shiite-Sunni reconciliation as it prepares for the fall of IS.…” The Monitor continues, “The political vacuum caused by religious competition must be filled with a common identity, one based on shared civic values and a dispersal of power under Iraq’s embrace of democracy.” Efforts toward reconciliations are defusing the distrust between Sunnis and Shiites, and divisions in parliament are on the mend.

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psalms 133:1

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 340

To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.”

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 150

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “God Rules the Conference of Nations!”: “Greater than all the nations is infinite Mind, the only God, by whom and in whom all men really exist. Human governments are drawing together to honor and to be responsive to the peace-producing Mind that is the Lord of the whole earth.” And “What a God-given opportunity every Christian Scientist, every lover of the reign of righteousness on earth, now has placed before him—the opportunity to utilize a fraction of each day for understanding prayer for God’s guidance, protection, and direction of this memorable meeting of the earth’s peoples, unified in their desire for the realization of the Master’s promise that on earth there shall be peace.”

In “All over the world men and nations are striving after...”: “And all the while, right where this tumult and shouting is going on, there is ideal government already in existence, now and always established.” And “Principle and its idea is all the government there is, infinitely good in all its beneficent forms. Therefore men need only to look to Principle for every phase of governmental activity.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.


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