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The Cowardly Escape

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What would The Prince of Peace say about war?

Peace is a precious thing. When did it become okay to kill in the name of religion? Isn't that what terrorists claim? I don't know how to support an army whose very existence sanctions the taking of human life.

And therein lies the rub, the moral quandary with which I, and many Americans, are forced to grapple. Some claim that war is a necessary evil, but how can that be when it flies in the face of all things holy? Killing people, in war or otherwise, steals our humanity.

We have learned to harness, if not control, hurricanes by discovering innovative tools with which to handle the forces of nature. Why not look for groundbreaking solutions to end warfare's primordial way of thinking? Must we be the victims of the faulty reasoning that says kill or be killed, dictated by misguided people who happen to be in power?

To the victors go the spoils.

Our fighting soldiers too often give up life and limb, but receive no spoils of war, no rewards. We call them heroes and feel overwhelmingly sad when they return in wheelchairs, comas, or body bags. The brightest and best of an entire generation sacrifices their future and are rewarded with a label when we should be finding lasting solutions to world problems.

Are we such lazy thinkers that we will accept killing and destruction as the only option?

We have glorified the act of war for far too long. The time has come for us to leave no stone unturned in our quest to find alternatives. It is our moral obligation to take issue with fear tactics spouted by greedy politicians getting rich on the sacrifices made by our children. If we are unable to see that war is a form of mass slaughter, then how can we ever take that giant leap for mankind?

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Syndicated humor columnist for Senior Wire; After Fifty Living contributor; columnist for Senior Lowcountry Senior Sun, Charleston, SC. Lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia and Saluda, North Carolina.
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