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This Veterans Day, Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Prayers for those who risk their lives to protect ours.

Andrew Klavan


November 11, 2013 - 8:32 am
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[If you have a moment, please watch the wonderful three minute movie scene above through to the end.]

It always annoys me when a church waxes mealy-mouthed in celebration of the military. They do this, I know, because the church leaders think such celebrations detract from their aura of Christly peace. “We pray for those serving in the armed forces around the world,” goes one Episcopalian formulation — which is twice mealy-mouthed because it not only fails to pray for the right people, it’s fashioned to make you think that you ARE praying for the right people.  You can tell yourself you’re praying for those serving in OUR armed forces around the world, but you’re not. You’re praying for the soldiers of North Korea too — and, Lord, if you’re listening, as far as I’m concerned, you can feel free to smite those sons of bitches at any time. Don’t hold back any smiting on my account.

Jesus blessed the peacemakers. In this fallen world, that sometimes means good guys with guns. Just as neighborhoods are safer where homeowners go armed, so the world is more peaceful where free nations maintain a strong military. I am aware every day — every day — that I read, write, love, pray and simply walk down the street — because there are those who risk their lives to protect me from the armies of the bad guys. If you think that detracts from my aura of Christly peace, so be it. Personally, I think it gives the aura a fresh layer of realism and honesty.

Love is not love that will not stand and fight.

God bless our veterans and those serving today. Just like the Man said.


Cross-posted from Klavan on the Culture

Andrew Klavan’s newest novel is Nightmare City.

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I don't have anything against your average Nork soldier. For the most part they're doing what they see as their best to provide for their families and defend their nation. It's not their fault that they've been systematically lied to for their entire lives. That doesn't mean that I won't take satisfaction from their deaths if the balloon goes up, but it does mean I wish them no ill, and fervently hope we never get to that point.

The senior generals and the Kims, on the other hand, are a whole different kettle of fish.
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I'd suggest you look up the "Axe Murder Incident" and Captain Arthur Bonifas before assuming North Korean soldiers have anything like a mindset similar to your own.

Numerous other incidents likewise reinforce that impression (North Korea in recent years sank a South Korean navy ship and shelled an island with artillery, and kidnapped numerous Japanese women decades past) - and it must be remembered that the ruling class of North Korea could never hold power without the North Korean Army.

I guess the most pointed incident I remember reading of was a description by a US Army officer, describing the North Korean border guards. He described how the soldiers knuckles were scarred from constant martial arts training, and how the soldier just stood and stared across the border at him with absolute hatred in his eyes.

These people hate us with an unreasonable passion.
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