"But I say to you, love
your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you."
Let's begin with the basics - war is evil wrong, unjust,
obscene, lawless, criminal. War is mass murder and ecological
tragedy. And often, war is genocide. Finally, war in a nuclear
age threatens to become omnicide.
War is the summit crime against God because it attacks
the image of God in every person. War mocks the teaching and sacrifice
of Jesus Christ, who accepted the Cross and rejected the sword.
He lived as He taught us: "Love your neighbor as you love
yourself ! " "Love one another as I have loved you!
" "Love your enemies ! "
"Either Jesus is a liar or war is never necessary.
" (Ben Salmon)
War is killing us, if only we knew it - killing us spiritually,
psychologically, emotionally, physically. Killing not just the
victims of the 30-35 wars raging now on the planet, but every
one. No one escapes the psychic numbing and stagnation of conscience
that comes from loving the bomb and military intervention. No
one escapes radioactive poison from nuclear testing, nuclear power
generation, uranium tailings, nuclear weapons plants, the broken
arrows of hundreds of accidents involving major weapons systems.
War is a Frankenstein that turns upon its maker.
"In war, the first casualty is truth. " (Aeschylus)
One can put it even more strongly - war is THE BIG LIE. What else
to call it when it makes enemies of Iraqi children? Added to the
300,000 dead of Desert Storm, the million and one half victims
of American sanctions, 70% of them children. That is war by economic
terrorism; that is a national declaration of shame. And that is
the nexus between the big lie and mass murder.
President Clinton is the most warlike
of a long series of warlike American Presidents, beginning with
Harry Truman. His twin wars in Iraq and Yugoslavia are both unconstitutional
and opposed to the UN Charter. With the UN ignored, Clinton rides
behind NATO, though 95% of the war is American. Worse than that,
Clinton manipulates NATO (which should have been disbanded when
the Soviet Union died) making it a European power projection of
American empire, an arms bazaar for American weapons.
The killing in Iraq and Yugoslavia must stop. And only
one element will stop it - the American people. We must learn
that the Washington imperialists are not our government. We must
reject these well-manicured cut throats utterly. We must break
the hold the goodies and the banks have on our lives, regain our
faith in God and humankind, relearn our nonviolence, take to the
streets, military bases, war factories, White House and Pentagon.
What the US (and the world) needs is a second American Revolution.
This time, a nonviolent one.
For more information contact Jonah House 410-233- 6238
Plan to participate in the Mobilization against the War on June
5 in Washington DC.