PRACTICING GRATITUDE DO YOU BELIEVE THERE ARE JUST WARS? IF SO, HOW DO YOU DEFINE A JUST WAR? Once upon a time I was a pacifist, what I now call a radical pacifist. I was young. The Yom Kippur War changed my mind. Too many people I cared about lived in Israel.
I have come to believe that just as there are no athiests in fox holes there are also no pacifists there either. Radical pacifists would be running to embrace the enemy. A radical pacifist does not believe in self defense or just wars. The not radical pacisifists would be helping load guns. No sane person wants war; but most know there are just wars.
My mentor in this is T.H. White’s Merlin in the book the Once and Future King. (I don’t understand why that book is not on the 100 must read books.) Here is a brief summary of what Merlin says to King Arthur on the subject of war. He says:Any man reasoning man who keeps a steady mind can tell which side is the aggressor in ninety wars out of a hundred. He can see which side is likely to benefit from going to war in the first place and that is a strong reason for suspicion….He can see which side made the first threat of force or was the first to arm itself, and finally, he can put his finger on the one to strike the first blow….
White wrote that in 1939 as Hitler was starting his thrust to conquer Europe. He saw what was coming, but many didn’t. In the United States Hitler wenough people admired Hitler so that Studebaker named one of its car models The Dictator. It took the attack on Pearl Harbor for the United States to join the war openly. before that event Jews were sent back to Germany, and any efforts to help defeat Hitler were very much under the table.
I believe we are at war, I believe it is a war conducted for many reasons, but only one of the combatants openly seeks to drive some into the sea, lobs rockets, turns suicide bombers into hero’s and believes it’s G-d wants all non-believers killed.
The soldiers I know don’t want war, but they do stand between those of us and these enemies. I am grateful for their presence. Every time I see a soldier in uniform, I thank him or her with a very grateful heart. I hope you do the same whether you believe in just wars or no wars.
The picture is of the gravestone of two of my ancesters. One, the father, fought in the Civil War; the son fought in the Spanish American War. One just war, one unjust war. I suspect those reading this know which I thought was a just war.
Share care and stay strong.