by Robert John Stevens, February 1, 2017
The responsible nation(s), or those bombing, are the root cause of the Middle East wars that are creating Muslim refugees
I understand international churches may not feel safe speaking out about wars of aggression. I know God is pained by these wars and the suffering of civilians, especially women, children and
And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.—Book of Mormon, Ether 8:22
Governments are the cause of the refugee problem; however, governmental relief requires monetary theft from citizens via taxation. Citizens can’t use the force of government to tax and redistribute money to their favorite causes. Volunteers and churches are responsible for disaster relief. See my article: James Madison on Entitlements,
It seems fair that governments who cause the problems should be required to fix them, but neither the cause nor the solutions are the proper role of government.
Maybe government leaders should always be responsible for war crimes. If the president were penalized a million dollars for every civilian causality, he may think hard before deploying assassination teams.
Regarding President Trump’s ban on Muslim refugees, I don’t know if it is compatible with the mind and will of God. Citizens don’t start wars—governments do. To keep us safe, and stop waring against homeland defenders, we should bring back all our troops and end foreign entanglements as President Washington and the Founding Fathers so wisely advised, and be a nation of peacemakers.
If Apostle David A. Bednar of the LDS Church were the President of the United States, would he war against any nation or people that haven’t attacked us? Would he lead assassination teams? I’d expect greater peace on earth if President Bednar were commander and chief.
There is an old saying that is better to light a candle then curse the darkness
Great quote from the Pope:
“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters: Either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals,” Francis said.
The authorities in countries that seemed to have always appealed to such values as freedom of speech and the free dissemination of information – something we have heard about so often in the past – are now trying to prevent the spreading of objective information and any opinion that differs from their own; they declare it hostile propaganda that needs to be combatted, clearly using undemocratic means.
Colleagues, we must be realistic: military power is, of course, and will remain for a long time still an instrument of international politics. Good or bad, this is a fact of life. The question is, will it be used only when all other means have been exhausted? When we have to resist common threats, like, for instance, terrorism, and will it be used in compliance with the known rules laid down in international law. Or will we use force on any pretext, even just to remind the world who is boss here, without giving a thought about the legitimacy of the use of force and its consequences, without solving problems, but only multiplying them.
I want to remind you that throughout its history, the Middle East has often been an arena for clashes between various empires and powers. They redrew boundaries and reshaped the region’s political structure to suit their tastes and interests. And the consequences were not always good or beneficial for the people living there. Actually, no one even asked their opinion. The last people to find out what was happening in their own nations were the people living in the Middle East.
Of course, this begs the question: isn’t it time for the international community to coordinate all its actions with the people who live in these territories? I think that it’s long overdue; these people – like any people – should be treated with respect.
Fourth, we currently need to develop a roadmap for the region’s economic and social development, to restore basic infrastructure, housing, hospitals and schools. Only this kind of on-site creative work after eliminating terrorism and reaching a political settlement can stop the enormous flow of refugees to European nations and return those who left to their homelands.