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Monday, March 24, 2003

More Peaceblogging

Last week, in response to the question is war ever justified, and more particularly, was the US entry into WW II justified, Doc blogged

As long as we believe the lesser evil of war is the only way to eliminate the greater evils of oppression, genocide, mass cruelty and threats of mass destruction, we will continue to have all those things.

Doc's main point seems to be that we must stop looking to war to eliminate the greater evils of oppression, genocide, mass cruelty and threats of mass destruction. But by calling war the lesser evil, he seems to be implying that there are situations where unfortunately we must go to war. So Doc seems to agree that there are some situations where we have to fight for peace, illustrating the limitations of slogans such as Fighting for Peace is like ....

Most people would agree that viewing the alternatives as War or Peace is simplistic naive thinking. Although there is certainly no peace while we are at war, the absence of war in no way signifies that we have peace. A further problem is how do we define war. If Al Qaeda declares a war against western countries and their values, is that considered a war? Does our calling it a war or not change the fact that they are in fact fighting a war?

I know these things are obvious to most bloggers, but sometimes it pays to write it down to clarify in our own minds what is transpiring.

If you are aware of the power of prayer, and even if you are not, please take 30 seconds to hope and pray for a quick victory with a minimum loss of lives.