Haggis@wk wrote:I didn't ask these "rough"men to fight for me.....you mean our teenage kids?. They do violence because they want to with the excuse that is on our behalf, because we are too weak or cowardly to fight for ourselves. That's condescending and with an air of superiority. They fight for themselves and for their beliefs and values, not mine. Fighting is stupid. Fighting is a waste of time and money. Fighting is for those who dismiss the opponent as inferior and unworthy of dialogue and negotiation.
Peace is often attained, no through force, but through the display of a willingness to use it. Only a fool attacks when he cannot be sure of victory. War is the absence of peace, but peace can be attained by a willingness to go to war. The truth of this was known long before Jesus walked the Earth.
Contrary to popular belief, our military is not comprised of "our teenage kids". It is a popular myth that the average age of our soldiers in Vietnam was nineteen. Nineteen was the average age of draftees. That is to say, the age at which they entered the service.
Fighting is not always a waste of time and resources. Fighting is sometimes necessary if we are to remain free. As you may recall from the 60s, there were two trains of thought: Those who thought it to be 'Better Dead than Red" and those who thought it to be "Better Red than Dead". That is to say, those who would resist the bonds of slavery and those who would submit to them.
There are things worth dying for. Jesus himself said, there is no greater love than to lay down ones' life for a friend.