Monday, December 19, 2011

Peace On Earth...

In midst of all the Holiday madness and frenzied consumerism, all supposedly in the name of the Prince of Peace, this last weekend we got the news that the war in Iraq has come to an official end. I can't express how happy I am for the brave service men and women who will be home with loved one for the Holidays.

But I am having trouble drawing much solace from what should be the best Christmas present anyone could receive.

The New York Times Sunday Review had an opinion piece by Joshua S. Goldstein and Steven Pinker titled War Really Is Going Out of Style which basically stated that large scale armed conflicts have become less numerous over the years.

Maybe so, but with armed conflicts ongoing elsewhere in the world and with the introduction of un-manned drones doing the killing by remote control, we have a new kind of warfare emerging. By lessening the casualties on our side the use of un-manned drones increases the likelihood of using military solutions to solve diplomatic problems.

In addition, the war weary voting public would be less opposed to drone warfare leaving our military leaders free from the public outcry brought on by images of flag draped coffins returning from foreign lands.

War is not over and we still need to promote peace, protest for peace, and and pray for peace!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

1 comment:

D.M. said...

We have a long, long way to go to final and lasting peace on Earth, but I'm glad at least the war in Iraq is now over.