When has the human race ever been without war? The Pax Romana maybe, but not many other times before or since. It seems we are forever working to prevent war, preparing for war, in the midst of war, or winding down wars one after the other.
Recently I wrote an article called “Waging War, Pursuing Peace.” I tried to understand my own thoughts and feelings, my own perspective, if you will, on this never-ending issue.
I despise wars and the destruction they work on humanity, nations, cultures, and economies. I’m not a pacifist, but I yearn for peace and think we should all work for peace.
“War is hell,” General William T. Sherman famously said, and he should know for he and his troops left a trail of burning and bitterness through the South during the Civil War that is yet felt today.
War isn’t glorious, though combatants and civilians caught in its grip can be heroic and admirable. War is destruction and death.
But peace at any price is too costly. At times wars are moral and essential to combat evil.
So what we should pursue is not just peace but a just peace.
© Rex M. Rogers – All Rights Reserved, 2012