Naval War College Review


Some of my good Christian friends are pacifists. I have struggled to per­suade them that the heart of the Christian message is not that war brings evil but that evil brings war. Treating the symptom will not keep the disease from flourishing. They have not boon receptive to any view other than that war is intolerable. Being reluctant observers of our national participation in a decade of nasty, frustrating, killing war, they see the obvious: that war does generate pain and suffering. They set aside the possibility that a world without armies could also be intolerably chaotic, avaricious, and cruel.