Mark Van Steenwyk has an interesting post up at Jesus Manifesto called The 25 Lessons of Nonviolence. I don’t agree with all of them (and Mark doesn’t necessarily either), but they are thought-provoking nonetheless.
A few of my favourites:
- Nations that build military forces as deterrents will eventually use them.
- The state imagines it is impotent without a military because it cannot conceive of power without force.
- The miracle is that despite all of society’s promotion of warfare, most soldiers find warfare to be a wrenching departure from their own moral values.