I’ve been thinking a great deal about peace and war.
We all want peace—it’s the dream of every parent for his children and every beauty queen—“I want world peace!” Peace is surely coming when Christ comes again to rule on the earth. Until that time, however, if we have freedom we will always have war.
The reason is clear as I’ve thought about it. War is what happens between nations when they make choices that don’t jive with other nations and compromise fails. Ditto with individuals: they can “go to war” when they don’t agree. The clash is the result of choices—of having the right to make choices. A tug-of-war over land ownership, resources, economic factors, ect. can lead to war.
So, one way to prevent war is to prevent choices—to take away freedom. If you can’t choose anything, you can’t get in a fight.
How do you eliminate war? I see two ways. One is that people are so good, so unselfish and wise that they don’t need to fight to resolve problems. We care about others as much as we care about ourselves; we compromise to find something that’s even better than what each of us could have had separately. That’s the good way to have peace. That we are likely to see only when the Savior comes again.
The other way isn’t so pretty. It brings “peace” when people completely lose freedom—when they have no rights, thus nothing to fight about. They’re told what to do in detail and they do it. They have no goals beyond what they are told to have. Government becomes the mind, heart and soul of every person.
What would you do with dissenters under that system? Once they proved incorrigible, they would have to be eliminated—they disturb the peace. Only those who are “sheeple” could be left.
It was The Report from Iron Mountain that started me thinking. The report is a book published in 1967 by Dial Press. It claims to be written by one of the attendees to a top-secret panel, assembled at the direction of an unknown authority to discuss this very issue—how can we structure a world without war? The report is available online at http://educate-yourself.org/nwo/reportironmountain1.shtml
The fifteen men on the study panel, each an expert in his own field, met for years to find a way to create a world without war. There were no holes barred in what they considered—morality was off the table. Their identities and the document would remain secret. The basic idea was that nations maintain control through power. If the power of war to unite a nation was eliminated, what could substitute for it? The consensus reached was that fear was necessary for control, and the philosophy with the most power to do that was the environment—the fear that the world is dying and we must submit to government power in order to save it.
Wikipedia says this about the book: it “was a New York Times bestseller…translated into fifteen languages. Controversy still swirls over whether the book was a satiric hoax about think-tank logic and writing style or the product of a secret government panel. The document is a favorite among conspiracy theorists, who reject the statement made in 1972 by satirist Leonard Lewin that the book was a spoof and that he was its author.”
Whatever. Whether a conspiracy or no, the idea of a world without war, and what it would take to get it, is compelling. Even if the book is fiction, it’s food for serious thought. A world without war would be a world without choice—without freedom. The whole idea puts war in a new context.
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