The nude human myth of “just war”

War is the nude cruelty. It struts itself in nationalism and parades itself as patriotism. Its soldiers have been brainwashed to create a bloodbath whenever they’re given orders to do so. War strips people of their humanity and uses them as disposable weapons of death and destruction.

A war won’t wage itself. It depends on people and human rage to stage and wage it. History shows that as retired, old warriors fade away and get to die in peace, young ones line up to keep the carnage going.

The idea of just war is a myth. War is never fair and therefore can never be just. War is prolific death. It’s never pro-life. Undress the phrase collateral damage and you will uncover the mangled bodies of dead civilians.

War is the naked emperor’s new clothes, yet people continually try to deny or justify its bare-bones brutality which is openly disrobed for all to see. In war, military benefits end up taking priority over justice, fairness, human rights, compassion, respect for life, and decency.

No country ever fights a war without calling on the myth of just cause to defend its acts of savagery. I can’t find a single country in history that has ever fought a war while openly admitting that its acts of war are unjust.

Peace speaks truth and boldly denies the lies of war! War allies with lies. Its goal is to subdue and destroy its enemies, not to behave ethically toward them. War replaces justice with retaliation and revenge.

War makes survival the great idol. It screams that staying alive is more important than character, compassion, ethics, or justice. Attempting to justify war is idol time that bows to the god of violence.

There’s no justice in war. Violence is the only authority. The human conscience is silenced. Rules of decency are thrown out. It’s unjust when people who make decisions to go to war stay in safety, while ordering other people into harm’s way.

Fearfully embracing self-protection causes people to behave unjustly towards people they view as a threat. Self-defense embraces war and violence. It doesn’t prevent it.

In a just war, a soldier would never be made to obey his orders if they violated his conscience. When innocent people are killed accidently or intentionally, a war is unjust. There is nothing just about the competitive killing of human beings.

When lies are told to hide the truth about a war, that war is unjust. When hatred is unfurled, and cruelty is released, and violence is glorified, war is unjust.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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