As the month of March comes this year, I am mindful of March 2003 when President Bush issued his ultimatum to Iraq.  As I review these past months enmeshed in conflict, I question where we are a year later, personally, nationally, and internationally.  Prior to the declaration of war,LCWR, nationally and locally, used every means we could to advocate for no armed conflict.  And, sadly, much of what we anticipated last year is a reality:the spiral of violence, the loss of life, the destruction, the devastation, the deteriorating economy, the deepening poverty, and the varied and myriad costs of war.

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