Can God Protect us From Nukes?
An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War
Author’s note: The propaganda required to motivate nations to war one against another is full of lies and inspires hate. I hope that as you personally explore our situation that you will seek council from the scriptures and from the Lord directly through the Holy Ghost. The spirit of contention is not from God. As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time and a season for war. If we get this right it will help us avoid being stained by the blood and sins of this generation.
This is the second article in a series of seven.
Can God Protect us from Nukes?
An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War
- The Rationale for Preemptive War
- The Fruit of our Actions
- Logical Fallacies
- Is Doing Nothing a Valid Option?
- Modern Weapons, Modern Media & Terrorism
- What God has Done
- Will God Save Us?
Part 2 – The Fruit of Our Actions
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. "Political Observations" (1795-04-20); also in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison (1865), Vol. IV, p. 491
In the previous article, The
Rationale for Preemptive War, we explored the concept of an imminent threat. In 2002 the Bush
administration decided that “We must
adapt the concept of imminent threat to the capabilities and objectives of
today's adversaries.” The National Security Strategy of the
9/11/2001 was not an act of war or the contest of nations as Webster describes it in his 1828 dictionary. It was an act of terrorism. It was mass murder. We responded with acts of war to curb terrorism and exact revenge. We associated non-guilty parties with the alleged perpetrators and invaded their sovereign lands. As a nation we were in a frenzy. Our overwhelming military response has expanded abroad, and we are creating a police state here at home. Once the events of September 11th had taken place there was no other immediate threat. We responded disproportionately. It was an act of revenge.
us presume it an undisputed fact that Osama Bin Laden was behind the 9/11/2001
attacks. As a nation we promptly invaded
Who started our fight with the nation of
Note: Don’t accuse me of arguing that the Taliban were good and righteous leaders. I make absolutely no comment on their fitness to lead their nation or their morality. It is simply undisputed that they were not bothering us. Saying that it is better now that they are gone is arrogant and completely illogical. Too many of our brothers and sisters in that nation have been killed for that to make sense.
Mormon 3:14-15 “behold the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Vengeance is mine, and I will repay;”
In our next foray to apply this new rationale for war, it
turns out we were simply wrong. We invaded
In recent years, the
At a minimum we can demonstrate two obvious examples of
aggressive war against nations that posed no “imminent threat” even by the 2002
NSSUS standard as well as a large amount of questionable activity. The results
of our actions in the
In the previous article, we discussed numerous examples of
Nephite leadership restraining from engaging in vengeful response, even after
being attacked. When they adhered to the principles of non-aggression they were
delivered by the Lord. (
Mormon 4:4 And it was because the armies of the Nephites went up unto the Lamanites that they began to be smitten; for were it not for that, the Lamanites could have had no power over them.
5 But, behold, the judgments of God will overtake the wicked; and it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished; for it is the wicked that stir up the hearts of the children of men unto bloodshed.
James Madison’s comments (quoted above) on war were amazingly astute. He indicates that war enslaves not only one’s enemy but it enslaves oneself. The tools of enslavement that he lists are armies, debts and taxes. He boldly reveals that these are the tools used by “the few” to dominate “the many.” If we are to be painfully honest with ourselves we must examine the effects of our warring upon our own nation and society.
In the wake of the events of 9/11, our legislatures granted nearly unlimited power to the executive branch. Our national debt has exploded. Many municipal and state police forces have been militarized in large measure and turned upon the American people. Increased taxes loom, and the inflation tax has stolen much of our wealth. Our financial system has been restructured to favor those deemed “too big to fail.”
There have been an alarming multitude of infringements upon
our individual liberties. To name only a few … The NSA has been recording and
analyzing virtually all digital communication (email and phone) in the United
States for the last 10 years. The NSA facility in Bluffdale
But it’s ok if it keeps me safe!
Let’s put this in perspective. The wartime restrictions on liberty during World War II lasted about 5 years. Our current tyranny has become increasingly intolerable over the last 11 years with no end in sight. In reality, it is an astronomical overreaction to a threat (terrorism) that is statistically less likely to kill you than a bee sting. (See footnotes) This is why the NSSUS declares “terrorism” and not a nation to be the enemy. It is omnipresent and impossible to kill.
Those who would give
In the Book of Mormon we see numerous examples of the elite
marshalling the armies and the powers of government to get power and gain.
Amalickiah conspired with the lower judges of the land to set up a monarchy for
this reason. (
In the Book of Helaman and 3rd Nephi we read of the activities of the secret combinations. Their goals were to get power and gain through government. We read in Helaman 6:39 that they were successful in obtaining “sole management” of the government. And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction. (verse 40) Just as in our day, these secret combinations were supported by the mainstream. Gaddianton Robbers have taken over the management of our government.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. Goethe
The NSA Is Building the
MIAC Strategic Report
DHS Domestic Extremism
Naked Body Scanners
TSA on US streets
Odds of dying due to
terrorism versus other low probabilities like Bee Sting