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On Holy Wars and Infinite Justice

Dick Gregory once told me that the reason the Pentagon had so many guards in front of it was because there was so much evil in there to protect.  It is the same reason we need names such as INFINITE JUSTICE as banners for our killing.  And it is the same reason people can declare a HOLY WAR.

And it is the same reason there are priests in the army when Jesus said love your enemy.  Would Mohammed actually approve of people killing in his name?

When a human demands salvation on his own terms it has nothing to do with spirituality. Yet that is what we see here. Is it possible to have">

On Holy Wars and Infinite Justice

Dick Gregory once told me that the reason the Pentagon had so many guards in front of it was because there was so much evil in there to protect.  It is the same reason we need names such as INFINITE JUSTICE as banners for our killing.  And it is the same reason people can declare a HOLY WAR.

And it is the same reason there are priests in the army when Jesus said love your enemy.  Would Mohammed actually approve of people killing in his name?

When a human demands salvation on his own terms it has nothing to do with spirituality. Yet that is what we see here. Is it possible to have, has there ever been, a war when God or the Great Spirit of any assumed denomination was not present in the attacker's argument?  Is it possible to leave God out of war? 

I don't think so.  I once read that serial killers often disfigure the face of their victims. This serves to dehumanize them. Human beings have difficulty killing a person when looking them in the face and know they can be seen as well.  Cowards shoot others in the back. Executioners once wore a mask. Today governors hire other people to kill for infinite justice.

So we dehumanize and go about the business of killing, but we need God to make it OK.

INFINITE JUSTICE = HOLY WAR

... and how about that phrase declaring our intentions to use "all force necessary and appropriate"?

"All force necessary" means we will do ANYTHING.
"Appropriate"???  that was added to mislead and defend the first three words. Just like all those guards in front of the Pentagon defending all that evil.  You see, you had to have the word "appropriate" in there to justify the angry violence. Just like God has to be present in our words when we go to war.

If you want to learn about people, listen to the words they use to justify their actions. When people do it, it is sociology and psychology. When institutions do it we call it public relations.  With more and more media owned by less and less corporate entities, government institutions can find it easier and easier to, as Noam Chomsky puts it, "manufacture consent."

Hearst, so the story goes, said to the photographer, "You furnish the pictures. I'll furnish the war."

For the sake of the planet and everyone's future, let's not let that happen.

love and strength,

joel landy

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