No one wants war
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 06:00 am
Over the last week two Gazette letter writers have presented thought provoking missives on the relationship between war, religion and casualties. However, I write this letter in the hope of ending letters from these two regarding the above.
I have no statistics on the number of deaths caused by which religion since the beginning of human existence. Indeed, I think that this ‘relationship’ is pure speculation at best. But, I have read some history books and try to read newspapers each day. Therefore, in my opinion only, wars are fought over land, resources and greed, not over religion.
I do not wish to castigate the United States, I merely use this as an example of what has happened worldwide in the last 60 years or so. At the end of his presidency in 1962, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a significant warrior in his own right, warned the American people, Congress, and future presidents: We must guard against the acquisition of unwanted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the rise of misplaced power exists and will exist.
Sadly, people did not listen to the good general, and the U.S. perpetrated a number of ill conceived wars between 1960 and the present. People from all religions were killed or injured in these wars and other wars instigated by other countries.
Regardless of religion, no dead civilian or dead soldier gains from war. The only benefits today go to the military industrialists.
Pat Collins, St Albert