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Swords into Ploughshares

This really deserves a decent essay but I haven’t time.

Here’s the deal. “Swords into Ploughshares” is a pretty obvious phrase. Turn war into peace.

So how do you do that?

Well, one way I can think of is having better information about those you’d otherwise be fighting. For example: if you can have good intelligence on a country you can find out if that new installation is just a fancy swimming pool for the president’s new lover, or a misile installation that could wipe you out in seconds.

There’s plenty of examples through history of war being started that could have been prevented by better information. One way to collect said information is through spy stations… like the one attacked this week.

My second point relates to the Gulf War. That war was stoped on the basis of a cease fire deal.

The guts of that deal was: we (the American lead coalition) agree not to invade and topple Saddam if he agrees to disarm, this included getting rid of all long range missiles, and his WMD.

To cut a long story short, it was failure to keep his end of the deal (yea, the WMD “weren’t found” but the UN inspectors did find missiles that breached the condition and were destroying them – it was all over the news at the time).

In other words, Iraq was invaded because of their failure to “Beat Swords into Ploughshares”. Well, there is no chance of Iraq invading another country now, or a mushroom cloud popping up over Israel with Iraq’s name on it. (Iran on the other hand…)

As one of the activists walked into the back of the court, he called out “one million dead in Iraq”. It’s true that a lot of people have died there, though one million is a figure that’s likely inflated by people bent on a certain political agenda. The vast majority of people killed were killed by terrorists, and more again were terrorists. The US should take credit for the latter, but to blame them for the former is to negate the actions of men who enjoy the pastime of the exact opposite conversion process to our protesters.

So please excuse me if I don’t join in congratulating the “ANZAC Ploughshares” group. I would consider their actions to be against the cause of peace in at least the two ways I’ve outlined. I’m sure there are more.


I didn’t have an ANZAC post. I wish I did, but I didn’t.

What I wanted to post on was how I make sense of the different sides of the “was it worth it” debate. I wasn’t able to do that because I never got all my thoughts collected properly. But here’s a few anyway.

I respect the solders who died in the various wars that New Zealand has fought in. It would be nice to say that they all died to make this country a better place, but they didn’t. A great many died in accidents, I suppose a few by their own foolishness, even before they got to the front. (Think those solders in the movies racing around in jeeps without seatbelts got away with that?)

Also, fact is that a lot of men have died because their commanders made mistakes. It would be fair to say that some commanders didn’t care about that.

But many did. And the fact is that without those sacrifices in WWII especially, many of us would not be alive. While many didn’t die on the front, they died in the process of the war. While WWI might have been avoided, it wasn’t, and the plan to capture the Dardanelles was a good one that might have shortened the wars, saving lives.

Today we see Iraq, where 4000 Americans have lost their lives, and many see there another foolish war. I, however, see a war that deposed a brutal dictator, and is now fighting terrorists that need to be stopped, terrorists who think nothing of slaughtering innocents. If by loosing a few volenteers’ lives in small wars, we can save millions of lives of people who never wanted to fight, so much the better.

Poneke blogs:

I am from only the first generation in human history whose young men – teenage boys — were not forced by their country’s leaders to fight and kill the young men and teenage boys of other countries and be killed by them. My parents’ generation was the last such generation so far, and, I fervently hope, the last ever.

Sadly, I hold no such hope while I see people all over the world more interested in believing the word of murders, and calling good people liars. That is how wars start.

Ironically, those people are called “anti-war activists”.

Time will tell if they succeed.

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