We knew another Gulf War was on it’s way, but still the thought that it’s here and that more blood is being spilled because of our country makes me sad. Retribution for September 11? I do not disagree that evil needs to be stopped, but there are other proactive ways of doing this. Every argument has been spilled back and forthe, so I won’t go on. I will just post some quotes.
Pray with me…for peace.
P.S. Just one lil’ rant about the stupid journalists doing newsreporting on the war.
I mean, I know they have to talk about the same stuff over and over again, but really, don’t talk about stupid crap. Three journalists were talking back and forth to each other about the conditions in Iraq. But…they WERENT talking about the conditions for the Iraqi people, but the conditions THEY each had to endure when they were reporting over in Baghdad. They were like..”Oh, it was awful, the elevators didn’t work. We had to WALK up five flights of stairs,” “Oh, and there was a wall of cardboard up between offices because it had been bombed over and over and they didn’t want to put more money into it. I mean, cardboard!”
Of course elevators don’t work in DEVELOPING COUNTRIES THAT WE BOMB EVERY SINGLE DAY!
“War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”
“In time of war, the first casualty is truth.”
(American radio commentator; 1900-1944)
“There’s the one thing no nation can ever accuse us of and that is secret diplomacy. Our foreign dealings are an open book, generally a check book.” (October 21, 1923 American humorist 1879-1935)
“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.”
(Greek historian: called the Father of History; 484?–425? B.C)
“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”
(In letter to his wife Abigail. During the 1790s war with the French seemed all but inevitable, and Adams was under strong pressure to declare war against them.)
“War necessarily brings with it some virtues, and great and heroic virtues, too….What horrid creatures we men are, that we cannot be virtuous without murdering one another.”
(From a letter to his long-time friend Benjamin Rush)
“After much occasion to consider the folly and mischiefs of a state of warfare, and the little or no advantage obtained even by those nations who have conducted it with the most success, I have been apt to think that there has never been, nor ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace.” (Letter to his old friend Jonathan Shipley during Franklin’s negotiations that led to the Paris Pact which ended hostilities between the United States and Great Britain in 1782)
“Today I weep for my country. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. … Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned. We flaunt our superpower status with arrogance….After war has ended the United States will have to rebuild much more than the country of Iraq. We will have to rebuild America’s image around the globe.”
(March 19, 2003 Robert Byrd is the ranking U.S. Senator from West Virginia, and the oldest member of the U.S. Senate.)
Rep. Tom Lantos
“My dear Collette, don’t worry. You won’t have any problem with Saddam. We’ll be rid of the bastard soon enough. And IN HIS PLACE WE’LL INSTALL A PRO-WESTERN DICTATOR, who will be good for you and good for us.”
(Democrat on the House International Affairs Committee, to Collette Avital, a visiting Israeli Knesset member)
“This is a war to reshape the Arab world in America’s image, a war to enable the War Party to play Roman Empire in the Middle East. And if this is indeed a war to build ‘a new world order,’ as the [Wall Street]Journal declares, then it is the American people who are being deceived by their leaders and the Arab world that is being told the truth about the ultimate war aims of the United States.”
“I am sick of war. Every woman of my generation is sick of war. Fifty years of war. Wars rumored, wars beginning, wars fought, wars ending, wars paid for, wars endured.”
The Elements of St. Augustine’s Just War Theory
John Langan, S.J.
St. Augustine’s just war theory involves eight principal elements: (1) a punitive conception of war, (2) assessment of the evil of war in terms of the moral evil of attitudes and desires, (3) a search for authorization for the use of violence, (4) a dualistic epistemology which gives priority to spiritual goods, (5) interpretation of evangelical norms in terms of inner attitudes, (6) passive attitude to authority and social change, (7) use of Biblical texts to legitimate participation in war, and (8) an analogical conception of peace. It does not include noncombatant immunity or conscientious objection.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist”
“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi
An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.
C. S. Lewis
War creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice.
Jesus of Nazareth
Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish by the sword.
Jesus, Luke 19:42.
“Would that even today you knew the things which make for peace. ”
Barbara Choo, Seeds of Peace
“I will not raise my child to kill your child. ”
Quaker proverb, Seeds of Peace
“Let us take the risks of peace upon our lives, not impose the risks of war upon the world. ”
Pastor Kobangu Thomas, Zaire, 1963, Seeking Peace
“Today I have much joy going to villages everywhere to preach the Gospel and talk to people about their souls. I preach with much happiness and power because I did not let them use my gun. I know my hands are clean of human blood. ”
Themba Nkawu, Seeking Peace
“I am an evangelist, I cannot kill a man. ”
Paul, Romans 12:20
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. ”
Jeannette Rankin, Seeds of Peace
“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. ”
“And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace. ”
Mother Teresa, Seeds of Peace
“All works of love are works of peace. ”
“Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses, but we trust in the power of the Lord our God. ”
Jesus, Matt. 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. ”