South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is a long standing activist for human rights and world-wide peacemaker has decided to withdraw from the leadership summit he was supposed to participate in with British Prime minister Tony Blair.  According to an article from BBC, a spokesperson from Tutu’s office explained his decision to pull out of the summit is due to “Mr. Blair’s decision to support the United States’ military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction,” which he believes was “morally indefensible.”

Since the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg has leadership as its main theme and Tutu believes morality and leadership are “indivisible,” he felt it would be “inappropriate and untenable” to share a platform with Tony Blair. A spokesman said it was not a snap decision and the Archbishop “thinks and prays and then acts.” He added: “That’s how he’s always done things, including during the struggles.”

By refusing to participate in the summit he demonstrates consistency in standing on what is right without wavering and boldly requests other world leaders to take responsibility for the unjust war in Iraq.

“It would be wonderful if, on behalf of the nation, [President Barack] Obama apologizes to the world, and especially the Iraqis, for an invasion that I believe has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster”

Archbishop Tutu has a profound sense of moral responsibility and a long list of actions in dedication to working for world peace on God’s terms.  He would prefer equality and peace over war, talk and reconciliation over hostility, self-responsibility, understanding, and forgiveness over blame, shame, and hard heartedness.  Tutu has worked on conflict-resolution efforts across the world and stands firmly in the direction of peace.

Thank you Archbishop Tutu for standing up for what is right and what is of peace. You are an inspiration!

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