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Bargain for peace

Original post made by Ted Rudow III, MA, Palo Alto High School, on Jun 2, 2011

In his famous book of 1795 Immanuel Kant advocated these three things: Standing armies must be totally abolished in due course; a country must not intervene with force to change another country's structure or government; during war a country must not act so that it becomes impossible to be trusted during a future period of peace.

The U.S. disarmed Japan to guarantee its war objective: that Japan never again becomes a threat to the U.S. In accordance with Kant's third principle, we must not apply limitless violence in war, and we must think about the period after the restoration of peace.

As we bargain for peace, let us remember there will be no refunds on lives given toward the same purpose. There will be love and laughter and peace ever after in God's tomorrow when the world is free of war. God blesses peace!

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

But God curses surrender.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

We are violent and opportunistic predators that will take any action to acquire things we think we need.

Violent and opportunistic on an individual, group and species-wide basis.

You can blame God or Darwin depending on your beliefs, but that doesn't change the facts.

As a group/nation we must do what is required to defend against the natural actions of other human groups/nations, lest we become the "prey".

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