Make love not war. Can’t we all get along? All we are saying is give peace a chance. Violence solves nothing. An eye for an eye only leaves the whole world blind. Peace begins with a smile. Imagine all the people living life in peace. Peace is its own reward. I believe it is peace in our time.
Who doesn’t yearn for peace?
Define peace…is it calm; tranquility? One who submits to a master has peace. One who refuses to fight may have peace. Is subjugation peace? Is peace simply the succession of war? Or…is peace more active? I submit to you that real peace is a state of safety, sustained through vigilant repelling of tyranny. Peace is Liberty. There is no peace without freedom. I further submit to you, that all of the above platitudes for peace actually encourage and ensure war.
John Lennon at least came close; he inadvertently acknowledged that ‘all the people’ living in peace was but imagination. Oh for a world in which imagination becomes reality. Alas, it never has…and never will in a world where humans have free will. Yes, my friends; that which sets us free, condemns us to perpetual violence. The only question left is who will prevail; those who seek freedom or those who seek to rule?
In the entire history of Mankind the only peace that has ever been achieved is by the application of war against those who would attempt to rule others. This is the sublime beauty of the Founding of the United States of America. For the first time in the history of Man, a people came together and fought for the right to not be ruled by Man, but to enjoy Liberty under law. Not the law of Man, but of God.
“We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident, That All Men are Created Equal. That They are Endowed by Their Creator With Certain Unalienable Rights. That Among These are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
The importance of this declaration is unfathomable. This statement secures for all Men the right to war with all who would deny these rights given to us by God. What Man gives, Man can legitimately take away. What God gives, no Man can rightly deny. Any person alive or dead who denies this truth brings violence, hatred and death to all the peoples of this Earth.
I won’t bore you with the details. I’ve researched it as should you and yours. In all cases in history, true peace has only been sustained by force against those who would harm innocent people for personal gain and/or control. The longer the peaceful wait and deny the evil in their midst, the more innocent people who will ultimately die to re-secure peace. In every war that has ever been fought, more people died than necessary. In all cases because good people failed to see, recognize and repel the evil so apparent among them. The ultimate irony of Man is that those who seek peace naively have killed more than the most evil among us. The ovens of Auschwitz were fired by the passivity of God-fearing and good-willed peoples of the world who ignored the obvious intent of a madman. But for Winston Churchill Western Civilization may not have survived at all.
Again unfortunately in our own time we are face with new evil. Churches burned. People beheaded, burned and murdered in ditches. Evil wrapped in the comforting cloak of a Fascist Ideology disguised as religion. Millions of kind and peaceful peoples have allowed the wrath of radical insanity to pool the blood of all who happen upon their brethren. The reluctance of all good people of the world to impose harsh, immediate and righteous war upon this stain of humankind has and will continue to cause suffering, death and destruction to innumerable innocent people in all corners of the world.
May God forgive us for our progeny shan’t.
by Keith D. Rodebush