Renounce War and Proclaim Peace: No War With Syria

The federal government of the United States of America practically frothing at the mouth to wage war on yet another country - this time Syria. So, yet again, I am compelled to heed and act upon God's entreaty to "renounce war and proclaim peace" (D&C 98:16).

Allegedly, the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to attack its own people, and for some reason, those running the U.S. government think that's reason enough to commit yet more money, resources, and lives to attack them, despite the fact that they did not attack the United States.

The chemical attack - while deplorable and heinous - is being used as a pretext to attack a small country that would not be able to long withstand the military might of the U.S. and its allies. But if this attack had occurred in, say, Russia or China, would the U.S. and its allies be so quick to call for war?

Meanwhile, the majority of Americans currently seem to be more outraged over celebrity Miley Cyrus' antics on a televised awards show than over the fact that their government is using money it has taken from them under threat of violence (calling it "taxation") to decimate other nations and murder innocent people overseas.

This must stop.

The government is locked in a cycle of perpetual war that is unsustainable. Like the Roman empire, its resources will soon be spread so far and so thin that all it will take is the slightest nudge to send things reeling out of control.

I hereby renounce going to war with Syria. In fact, I hereby renounce all wars. In addition, I call for government and military leaders of the United States of America and its allies to stop policing the world, bring the troops home, and focus on protecting and defending their own countries, rather than meddling in the affairs of other nations.


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