Thursday, April 28, 2005

War creates evil men

Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity isascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as anennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek whosaid, "War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than ittakes away."
- Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)

If you were facing surgery with the odds of success that war has of achieving its goals, you would eschew the surgery and opt for prayer.

The wisdom of the ages tells us that no one wins in war, but Kant takes a different approach to it. War, he says, assists those who are inclined toward evil to embrace it. In war, the normal, acceptable and accepted rules of behaviour are cast aside. What is treasonous and criminal in peacetime may be justified in war on the basis that it is for the good of the country and the people.

No war in the past 500 years has been for the good of the people.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems
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