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Defend Peace and Attack War?

Updated on January 5, 2015

When do we stop drawing our swords?


Defend Peace and Attack War? (A Haiku for Peace)

Do you want to fight?

What if I don't want to fight?

Can we just be pals?

There must be someone;

Some task we can "fight" against;

Allied against it.

Partnerships in chess,

Battle on a board of squares.

Defense and attack.

No shots are fired.

Just strategy and deep thoughts.

Solving board problems.

Give some thought to this:

Brains attack any problem.

Why not world peace, too?

There are lots like us.

Groups in the thousands, all born.

Yet peace retreats still.

Give money to them?

If only peace could be bought!

Worth all of Earth's gold.

A Peace Committee?

A new Manhattan Project?

All the best of minds.

Imagine no wars.

Preventing any new wars,

Ending the old ones.

And peace in our time?

Can no one think how?

Aren't we smart enough?


© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Not just another committee....

There is something about Americans that makes them love committees.

Now it is time for another one, one similar to the Manhattan Project which brought together the best nuclear physicists we could find and ultimately created the atomic bomb.

While that has led to weapons powerful enough and plentiful enough to end human life as we know it here on Earth, what is needed this time is a project to bring together the best minds in the world to keep the worst from happening by defending peace, attacking and eliminating wars.

What is world peace worth? Is it worth financing a project intended to give mankind its best shot at preventing new wars and ending old ones?

Instead of fighting wars with modern, sophisticated weapons, let's fight wars with our highest intelligent minds, with the objective being to establish all the conditions for a world enjoying a lasting peace..

It is said that "what man can imagine, he can achieve." Certainly our best minds can imagine a world at peace. If the saying is true, then we can achieve such a peace.

Many old hatreds have been laid to rest. New hatreds can be too.

The United Nations is flawed. The intent for the United Nations was to find new, collective ways to avoid wars and insure a lasting peace. The victors of World War II were granted special powers, veto powers in the UN's search for peace and stability. If there was something any one of the permanent members of the Security Council didn't agree to, the Security Council could take no action on the matter. Peace was not insured.

Where would such a Peace Committee meet, how often, and with what instructions and guidelines? Who would be its members? How would it be financed, and supported? How would its recommendations be implemented?

Can anyone argue convincingly that the world's people have made their best possible efforts at achieving world peace, and that nothing more can be done, that man's best efforts are in vain, and world peace is only a pipe dream?

If so, make that case and we can go on bludgeoning, hacking, shooting, and bombing each other just as uncivilized humanity has done for longer than anyone living can remember.

If not, what will it possibly hurt to make this generation's best efforts to succeed in such a worthy cause?


© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

The original Manhattan Project brought the world the atomic bomb. Could a new Manhattan Project bring us world peace?



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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - A great question for all of us to ask the candidates for 2016 might be: "If you are elected to lead us, what will you do to further world peace?" I can already imagine the "wishy, washy" answers, so I hope someone can come up with a better question that can get more insightful answers.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your are so right. World peace will only be achieved through intelligence, which begets tolerance. It is so simple, yet so hard to do.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - The few still try to dictate to the many. It's time for the many to choose a few from among them to fashion a road to peace. I know it is possible. I don't know why we aren't giving it priority and doing it.


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      No, I don't believe the world as done its best at working on peace for everyone. It seems everyone wants it their way instead of what is best for everyone. Your poem is a good one. Blessings!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Difficult to promote peace when atrocities are daily fare, but "blessed are the peacemakers" offers reward enough. I want to see the focus shift from "go get'em war" to "go find it peace."

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - 1 John 2:5 "Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected."

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I agree, but I didn't say how it should be wiped out. If it can be wiped out by prayers and love, so be it. But can you reason with Satan and his followers? Has love ever changed Satan? Even Christ took after the money changers with a whip, or so the Bible says. he didn't stand there and say "I love you, but please take your business elsewhere."

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - Your statement that "some of us also believe that there is a faction of evil that must be wiped out before this can be fully achieved" is what separates groups such as ISIL and some Christians, some Arabs and some Jews, and this list can be longer. Buddhism more than just being one of the world's great religions, is a philosophy with a teaching that none of us should do something harmful to another, including such things as gossiping.

      Satan and his minions are recognized by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others as having the purpose to divide mankind and keep us at war with one another, doing horrible things whereby we condemn ourselves to be like them.

      Christ taught us to be like little children, peacemakers, without guile, loving even our enemies, and doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.

      As long as someone needs to be killed for others to be happy, we have a recipe for continuous wars.

      We need to create a new recipe for peace. The old recipes haven't worked to anyone's satisfaction.

      We are told to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." That's surely a wonderful focus for our current prayers.

      There are different kinds of strength. Choose one and pray to have it according to what you have been taught to believe.

      If it gives you peace, perhaps it can give the world peace also.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Pers, the average person doesn't know it, but there are many groups of people who get together and either pray or meditate for peace. We are called by different names such as "Lightworkers" or "New Group of World Servers", but we all have the same goal, peace and the healing of the earth. Our prayers and meditations are to bring down the spiritual energies to influence our world leaders and the common man to work to treat each other and our earth with the kindness we deserve.

      Now, having said that, some of us also believe that there is a faction of evil that must be wiped out before this can be fully achieved. Therefore, my group, unlike some of the others, are not total pacifists because we believe that certain groups and belief systems cannot be reasoned with. I just wanted you to know that there are some of us who have been working behind the scenes for many years to bring about changes to this world.

      Love to you and yours. Hope 2015 brings a year of peace. Voted up++