Examining War-pigeon blood

Politics Throughout the history of mankind, there have been wars. Times of peace, although the preference of most people, seem to exist all too briefly. Prior to the Industrial Age, war was much less sophisticated, in terms of weaponry. War was fought on specified battle grounds, with much conducted in hand-to-hand .bat. Civilians were not injured. In even the most ferocious of campaigns, the casualties sustained were nothing like modern warfare. Today, civilians are fair game in war, acquiring the cold hearted moniker of ‘collateral damage’. Weaponry may be fired from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Weapons used in modern warfare are not confined to bullets and ordinary bombs. Lethal gases, cluster bombs, depleted uranium and biological weapons are now a matter of course. Such weapons are indiscriminate, killing innocent men, women and children simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. How is it that we, as citizens of the world, have .e to accept such appalling conditions as the standard operating procedure in times of war? If the issue of war and peace were put to a vote of all of the citizens, it’s certain that peace would win by a landslide. Unfortunately, the .mon man has little to say when heads of state decide to make war on one another. When it .es to a choice between war and peace, those in power stay at home in safety and .fort, while sending young men and women to do the fighting and dying. When Tolstoy wrote his masterpiece, ‘War and Peace’, it would have been unthinkable for the leaders to sit in safety and allow the indiscriminate slaughter we suffer today. It’s interesting to note that Jimmy Carter once echoed a sentiment expressed in ‘War and Peace’. While Tolstoy wrote, The strongest of all warriors are these two " time and patience, President Carter is quoted on the subject as follows: "Short-circuiting the long-established principles of patient negotiation leads to war, not peace." As for peace, it’s left to small activist groups and musicians to try to ‘Give peace a chance’. When individuals speak out in favor of peace, they are scoffed at shamelessly by those in favor of war and marginalized by those in power. Perhaps one of the most puzzling aspects of the war and peace issue is that some groups and individuals who adhere to Christianity are sometimes the most vociferous proponents of war. Tolstoy eloquently addressed this, writing, It seems as though mankind has f.otten the laws of its divine Saviour, Who preached love and f.iveness of injuries–and that men attribute the greatest merit to skill in killing one another. It must be asked, how do we, as a Christian nation, justify war at all? As for leaders of the nations, ‘War and Peace’ contains a statement which they should all debate before opting for war: There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. Who can disagree? About the Author: 相关的主题文章: