Foreword to James W. Douglass, The Nonviolent Cross

Wipf & Stock (reprint of 1968 edition). 4 pp.

“We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by and large, unwilling to pay any significant price,” Daniel Berrigan wrote in the wake of his famous Catonsville Nine anti-war protest in 1968. “And because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total—but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial.”

Berrigan’s words have always haunted me, more so with the death this Spring of Virginia Quaker Tom Fox. Fox was abducted with three other members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq on Nov 26, 2005, and held by an insurgent group calling itself the “Swords of Righteousness Brigade.” The other three hostages (Canadians Jim Loney of the Toronto Catholic Worker; Harmeet Singh Sooden of Montreal; and British Baptist Norman Kember) survived almost four months of captivity, but Tom Fox’s body was discovered on a Baghdad street on March 9th, 2006. Fox’s martyrdom invites those of us in North America who are committed to building nonviolent movements for social transformation yet again to search our souls regarding the cost of discipleship.

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