Some passages read and opinions from the participants are presented here:


 In wars to gain land, the dead fill the plains; in wars to gain cities, the dead fill the cities. This is known as showing the land the way to devour human flesh. Death is too light a punishment for such men who wage war. Hence those skilled in war should suffer the most severe punishments. Mencius IV.A.14 (Confucianism)


"When soldiers die in war, their families are the most affected. They would never forget the trauma of losing a loved one and the children would lose their innocence learning about what war does."



If  possible,  so  far  as  it  depends  upon  you,  live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge your- selves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12.18-21


"Different countries came up with resolutions to never have big-scale wars again. However, when our country is threatened, we don't want to just stand by idly and let people attack us, and so even if we don't want to, we retaliate."


"A mistake is a mistake and we should look at it in a positive way, even if it's difficult to learn from."



"When you commit a harmful deed, not only are you involved with the consequences, but others also."


Imam ‘Ali found a letter in the scabbard of the

Messenger of God’s sword on which was writ-ten, “The worst of people in the sight of God isthe killer of one who does not fight him, and he who beats one who does not beat him…for he has committed the crime of kufr (disbelief) in what God has sent down upon Muhammad. Hadith (Shiite Islam)


"It’s a double crime to attack someone who has done nothing to you."


In a war, how do you distinguish between the good side and the evil side? The evil side strikes while the other side is at ease. That is why when two students are fighting, the teacher asks them, “Who started it?” and takes the side of the student who was attacked. The student who attacks first always loses, because the teacher takes the side of the one who was attacked. Likewise, throughout history, God takes the side of the defender. Why is it wrong to attack first? Originally, goodness should have taken the lead in the universe, but instead evil took the initiative. At the Human Fall, Adam and Eve were struck when they were doing nothing wrong. God was attacked when He was doing nothing wrong. Thus, a characteristic of evil is aggression. When an attacker inflicts harm, he should pay for the violation. The person whom he attacked may request compensation for damages. God knows this principle. Do you think He initiates wars? No, God’s strategy is to be the defender, not the aggressor. Likewise, people on God’s side receive blows; they do not attack. 1091


They are not aggressors because God is not an aggressor, and they strive to follow God’s example. God’s people take the beating and endure, never giving up. Then they have the right to seek for compensation. Satan is the king of aggressors. He is the father of all aggressors and evil people. God is the king of defenseless people who take beatings. The more a person is beaten, the more he can shorten the length of the indemnity period according to the principle of restoration through indemnity. We can recognize this pattern throughout history: Satan attacks first and loses, while God is attacked but gains in the end. Look at the example of World War I: Germany started that war, but they lost. The Germans thought they could win the war; otherwise they would not have started it. Satan always thinks he can win; that is why his forces start wars. But no one can win by violating heavenly law. Look at World War II: Germany and Japan started the war, but they lost. God, the Supreme Judge, admonished the aggressors, “You are in the wrong.” (91:243-44, February 23, 1977)










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