[gha] Re: The Continuity of Wars in World History

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Charles Mercieca" <mercieca@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:09:55 +0400

Dear Charles,

Thank you very much for your interesting article, which (as and others) we will 
start to discuss since February 2014

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
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----- Original Message -----
  From: Charles Mercieca, mercieca@xxxxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 1 декабря 2013 г., 19:02:25
  Subject: The Continuity of Wars in World History

The Continuity of Wars in World History 
Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.
International Association of Educators for World Peace
Dedicated to United Nations Goals of Peace Education,
Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Disarmament
Professor Emeritus, Alabama A&M University
            Over the past 6,000 years of recorded history we often read about 
wars and their devastating consequences. In the Bible, which is viewed by the 
world at large as a holy and sacred book, we read about many wars that took 
place from time to time almost without ending. We need to raise quite a few 
questions since, as the scholastic philosophers tell us: Nihil ex nihilo fit – 
Nothing comes out of nothing. Another well-known statement runs as follows: 
Quidquid contigens est causam habet – Whatever exists must have a cause.
Belligerent Governmental Policies
            When we analyze carefully the sources of each war we generally 
discover that it was waged by those in the government. The vast majority of 
people across every continent always yearned to live at peace on a permanent 
basis. When Jesus came to this world some 2,000 years ago he made it a point to 
improve as many negative biblical expression as possible. He was driven by the 
fact that he was a deeply peaceful person. Besides, he knew countless thousands 
of innocent people on a global scale that have and still suffer brutally 
            Jesus did not hesitate to describe to us the true nature of God, 
which is purely based on love and mercy. In fact, he reminded the people of his 
time saying: The God I know is not the God you know. Your God functions on the 
eye-for-an-eye and a tooth-for-a-tooth. The God I know functions on love and 
mercy. When someone strikes you on the cheek you do not strike back but rather 
you should turn the other cheek. This means it is far better for us to practice 
humility and respect than resorting to retaliation and revenge. 
            We also remember what Jesus said to Peter when he drew out the 
sword to defend his Master. He told him clearly: Put the sword away for he who 
kills by the sword will die by the sword. Periodically, Jesus exhorted his 
disciples saying: Do to others what you would like others to do to you. This 
means if we do not want to be hurt and killed let us not take the initiative to 
hurt others, far less to terminate their lives. If we continue to ignore these 
peaceful instructions of Jesus, we are likely to continue waging wars till the 
end of time.
            We are all familiar with the expression history repeats itself. 
Since over the centuries we have experienced both good and evil that means we 
may look forward to experience the repetition of these two elements for sure. 
Our job in life should be to create situations, nationally and globally, that 
are good and beneficial. This way we may create people that are trained to do 
constructive things as to be prepared to pass such vital elements to others. If 
people were to be trained from early childhood to provide to others love and 
compassion, then the probability of future wars may start becoming highly 
War as an Enemy of True Peace
            The Romans had a saying which went as follows: Si vis pacem, para 
pacem and si vis bellum para bellum –- If you want peace prepare for peace and 
if you want war prepare for war. US President Richard Nixon did not seem to 
believe in this important dictum. So he turned it around and said: Si vis pacem 
para bellum – If you want peace prepare for war. This was essentially the 
revealed US foreign policy since World War II was over in 1945. It explains why 
the USA since then was very heavily involved in more than 30 wars.
            Three of these latest wars were Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. 
These last two wars alone brought the American nation some $2 trillion dollars 
debt, which has become a phenomenal financial burden to the American people. As 
a result, the people’s sources of indispensable revenue just to survive became 
seriously threatened. It is very sad to consider that while the bulk of the 
three hundred million Americans were against the involvement of such wars, the 
few hundreds in the government proceeded to wage such immoral and illegal wars.
            Going back to the earliest days of recorded history, we always 
witnessed that a leading power was viewed to be a nation with a devastating 
military. In practice, a leading power happens to be a nation that has been 
blessed with healthy people who have the opportunity to develop their God-given 
talents to the maximum. In view of this, we need to start doing something that 
is highly essential. We must make it a point that the only nations that we may 
respect and trust are among those who do not rely on any military power.
            As a matter of fact, every nation in the world should not allow to 
have in its territory the presence of any foreign military bases by all means. 
Such bases always existed not to create peace but, on the contrary, to plan and 
promote as many devastating wars as possible. That would result in the 
destruction of many buildings as to make tens of thousands of people homeless. 
Besides, that would bring about the eventual killing and maiming of tens of 
thousands of innocent people, including women, children, the elderly and the 
            The question that needs to be seriously raised here is this: Why is 
it that while the seven billion people in the world at large want to live at 
peace, a mere handful of people in their government continue to set up 
scenarios as to justify the promotion of never-ending wars? There may be many 
reasons that could be outlined. However, the dominant one lies in the fact that 
the weapons industry and the military industrial complex in the world have 
emerged to become a lucrative business. Their only one goal is to make money 
without limit, even at the cost of the lives of countless millions of innocent 
Planning for a Peaceful Future
            We are all familiar with the proverb: When there is a will there is 
a way. Responsible individuals should get periodically together to figure out 
steps that would bring the weapons industry and the military industrial complex 
under control. The Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C., which 
was formed by retired US military officials, made a lot of videos that bring 
the causes of war, as presented here, into full perspective. One of these 
videos was meant to provide us with steps that may bring the major causes of 
war under control.
            Among other things stated, it was advocated that all those working 
for both the weapons industry and the military industrial complex should quite 
their job without further delay. Instead, they should seek for jobs that are 
fully beneficial for all human beings. The weapons industry and the military 
industrial complex should not panic when faced with this constructive 
philosophy that they may end up going out of business. They can keep fully well 
their business but simply change their product.
            Instead of making weapons of destructions, they could make 
computers and many educational items that are viewed to be fully useful. 
Instead of making tanks for soldiers they could make tractors for farmers and 
the list goes on and on. Moreover, in nations where people have the opportunity 
to elect their own government officials, they should make sure in the next 
elections they put out of office determinedly all those who supported the 
elements of war without any hesitation. Good results may not be achieved 
            Even if the prospect and real achievement of a permanent peace may 
take several decades or even a couple of centuries, our task is to take the 
first steps that may serve as our foundation or legacy for a future permanent 
peace. By way of encouragement, let us keep in mind that we cannot teach old 
dogs new tricks. The best way to deal with old war-minded government officials 
is to find a good and practical way to have them removed from office. We need 
to change the sources that always led to wars with sources that will always 
lead to peace.

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