Sodium Haze: Saying NO to war

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Saying NO to war

If we had a global consciousness of our human community - then war with ourselves would make no sense. Until that day dawns we have courageous people who will simply refuse to take a human life at the behest of the state.

I like this Cif article on this topic.
I continue to be amazed at the stupendous bravery of any currently serving soldier or marine who goes out on foot patrol in Afghanistan knowing beforehand that his command – after spending $20bn on an "anti-IED" project – still has no clue how to protect him from a cheap roadside bomb that causes 80% of our casualties. (On Wednesday, seven Americans on a single patrol were blown up and killed by an IED in Kandahar province.)

But what kind of guts does it take for war objectors, whether they're Quakers, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mennonites or secular, who simply don't want to kill?

On this Memorial Day, it might be a time to think about the outcasts who refuse to take life.
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