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Is there time enough? For more than 60 years IT, the bomb, kept the peace. This is the mantra of the hardheaded, strong, patriotic, macho men who rule our world.
The peacemakers may be blessed but peace is a dirty word. Peace people are decried as soft-headed and weak. There is no strength in weakness. However, there is wisdom in peace. Good families are respectful of one another and others. There is love. So it should be among nations.
War is uncivilized behavior but it is national policy. Strong, macho men with the approval of politicians promote war. Military strength is considered to be an asset. Nonetheless, military strength failed in Vietnam. The obedient military has now destroyed much of Iraq. Thousands have lost their lives and homes and more than a million have fled the war zone. Peace through strength is failing yet again.
Hardheaded churchmen preach peace on earth and goodwill to men but fail to bear witness. Here, there is only Fr. John Dear and a number of nuns from Loretto in Santa Fe who actively participate in peace actions. In Texas there is a bishop and in Washington State there is Bishop Hunthausen who decries the Trident submarines as the “Auschwitz of Puget Sound.” There is no gang of pastors for peace. There is no gang of CEOs for Peace. There are few Politicians for Peace.
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