Although I am convicted of the truth of nonviolent and pacifistic approaches to everything, suppose for a moment, that we’ll grant that there are enemies out there that must be defeated by force. This enables us to look at the logic of violence from this angle: what if we did, indeed, defeat all of our enemies? What if we had succeeded in neutralizing (read: killing) every single enemy of ours?
What in the hell (that we had created) would we then do with ourselves? Would we know who we are without an enemy?
More importantly, why do we ever even imagine that this is possible? I think that I’d have to kill every last person on the planet to meet this goal. And then kill myself, since I find it very hard to stand myself sometimes.
I think if you really follow the logic of war, that the complete annihilation of the human race is the only way to “win” against all of our enemies. Jesus is sounding more and more realistic all the time:
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28)