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The 12 Step Plan to Preventing War

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A 12 Step Program To Preventing War
All my life, war was and is in the air.  Korea was "ending."  Vietnam was starting. Then came Bush 1 and Bush 2. Throw in a thousand other "smaller" (bigger for the victims however,) wars between narcissistic leaders and you have nothing but war.  We are to "civilized" as the land of Israel is to "Holy." 
It must be essential to those who don't have to fight them personally but benefit from them beyond measure.  Snarling Dick Cheney seems to thrive on it.  George Bush seems to sleep just fine through all the death and suffering he and his minions have inflicted upon the planet in his tenure as the worst President in American history, at least according to several hundred historians.
Vlad "Puttie Poot" Putin as George the "let's give everyone a nickname so I feel superior," Bush calls him, has just kicked ass in Georgia and won the proxy war between the US/Israel and Russia in a mere three days. 
Putin wasn't kidding when he told them not to do that. If that was a test of the Russian resolve to mean what it said, and of Putin personally, then perhaps we can think that The President may have to think twice about any attack on Iran.  Putin has warned an attack on Iran is an attack on Russia.  I think they mean it.  Woo hoo...thank you Putin!  Of course, having to listen to Mr. Bush pontificate about human rights, overkill and minding one's own business in Mr. Putin's face, is about as hilarious and a punch without meaning as one could ever hope to see in public.  Mr. Bush has no credibility in telling anyone how to deal peaceably with nations, large or small.
At any rate, there is a better way.  Let's call it the 12 Step Program for Ending War and Preventing War. 
At the first sign of trouble anywhere on the planet, make sure the leaders of that country know that they personally will have to go to a neutral country and meet the leader of the offending country.  At the appointed hour, these two will physically enter a sealed cage, naked and during prime time and fight to the finish for all to see.  Our fearless leader, Mr. Bush, of course would be toast within a few seconds with Pootie Poot kicking his ass from one side of oblivion to the other.  Mr. Putin has an impressive background in martial arts and military tactics in personal self defense.
Next we bring in the Vice President of the United States, as the President is out of the picture, to fight Mr. Putin.  Mr. Putin will probably prevail.  We continue this event through the first 12 stages of Presidential succession in each country.  Back and forth they fight and all 24 must be present as this event is run from start to finish all at one time.  In a couple of hours max, we'll have our winner.
At this point. The winning leftover gets to declare victory.  Billions of dollars are saved. Hundreds of thousands of human beings don't have to flee for their lives.  And tens of thousands, if we get off that easily, won't be butcherd, blown up, fried, hung, decapitated, shot or dismembered.  And the kids of the world will appreciate this a lot!  
It is soooooooooooooooo simple!  Those who think they are fit to lead will get to think long and hard about starting trouble and minding the business of others and those running for office will have to keep this 12 Step Program in mind.  Some may actually covet the political position to be known as Position 13 in the line of Presidential succession.
Naive?  Sure.  But what would it take to get one man or woman who feels compelled to go to war for whatever reason, real, imagined or contrived, to think long and hard about having to endure the Twelve Step Program for Preventing War on the evening news?
War is for those who have long ago either run out of ideas or never had a good one to begin with?


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Dennis Diehl is a former pastor of 26 years,  who outgrew the Literalism of Fundamentalism.  He writes about Pastoral and Church abuse and is available to speak on such topics or be helpful to any church suffering under abusive (more...)

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