Imminence of war

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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Friday, July 25, 2014


THE world was shocked by the mysterious disappearance of a Malaysian passenger plane with more than 200 passengers. Until today, what really happened to that plane and its passengers remains a mystery. A few days ago, the world was again caught off-guard with another Malaysia Airlines tragedy with more than 200 persons killed. This time the cause of the crash is attributed to a guided missile filed from Ukraine.

In another news, Israel had airstrikes over Gaza. The reason is simple – this is to drive out the Hamas forces from Gaza and reclaim the land for the chosen people of God. In the process, they are a number of civilians caught in the crossfire. Innocent civilians become victim of irrational bullets and bombs thrown or dropped into the place.

In the continent of Africa, the “ethnic cleansing” of the different tribes continue. This very day, the number of dead people could already be summed up to a population of small city states. These numbers are still growing day by day. No age or political belief is being adhered to but simply the tribes want to eradicate other tribes. This results to the killing of even the most innocent of innocents.

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Still in the Middle East, a group who claims freedom for Iraq, Syria and other places in the ME is now on the loose and killing anyone who is against their vision of having a united Arab world. This group and the government had civilian casualties. The reason for the war is not clear for anybody involved in it

This is the problem of war, there are no protagonists or antagonists, everyone is a loser. There are no winners in wars. One may claim victory but had to sacrifice a lot for such and the loser might concede but with also more, if not equal casualties.

When I was taking up Social Philosophy, our professor discussed and asked us to critique a question of Just War. The class was divided into two schools. One believes in the philosophy that just war is not a reality for there is no justice in times of war and the other school of thought was that there is a just war. They believed that the winner gets the justice and the loser does not.

So, today the natural calamities are reminding us that it is only God who has the right to take away everything. We are here to subdue and have dominion over His creations. He has never given us the authority to destroy or kill the creatures. So the next time we hear of a super typhoon, now we say that here is the imminence of war and God is telling us to stop fighting because He unleashes something we might regret for destroying His creation.

Will there be another world war?

St. Ezekiel Moreno; Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod; Pope St. John Paul II, Mons. John Liu and John Su; and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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