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.