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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

10 October 2017. “Charlie” Chaplin on M T Kalashnikov and on “Christian Pacifism”

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We dedicate a monument to Lieutenant-General M T Kalashnikov (a true Christian) tomorrow. Although he had some moral misgivings about his work’s purpose, the Church dispelled these doubts. Our weapons are blessed, not by chance does the Lord Himself bless those who bear them… as the Church says in its ritual, “for the security of and to intercede for Christ’s truth”. Once again, I’d especially point up to supporters of “Christian pacifism” that true Christianity has nothing to do with such a notion, and, in fact, opposes it.

18 September 2017

Archpriest V A Chaplin

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

4 December 2016. Cabinet Vox Pop on War

00 robert reich. anti-war 060915

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Editor:

This came in from a friend of mine; I find it a “read n’ heed” and I’d say it has nothing we need to add to it.

BMD

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It’d be well to realise that the talk of “humane methods of warfare”, of the “rules of civilised warfare”, and all such homage to the finer sentiments of the race are hypocritical and unreal, and only intended for the consumption of stay-at-homes. There are no humane methods of warfare, there’s no such thing as civilised warfare; all warfare is inhuman, all warfare is barbaric; the first blast of the bugles of war ever sounds for the time being the funeral knell of human progress… What lover of humanity can view with anything but horror the prospect of this ruthless destruction of human life? Yet, this is war… war for which all the jingoes are howling, war to which all the hopes of the world are being sacrificed, war to which a mad ruling class would plunge a mad world.

James Connelly

I’m going to this well again if only to show that nationalism and capitalism lead directly to war while at the same time claiming war can be conducted in a human or just manner. It can’t and the Orthodox Church never claimed it could, and to the best of my recollection, it rejected such notions. From the Roman Empire in Constantinople to Russia, the Church always saw war and sabre-rattling as options of last resort. Instead, it offered the word of Christ to cultures that might raise the sword, knowing that war must be the last option because Christ in the Incarnation saved all human beings regardless of race, colour etc. and as such war destroys the humanity He took and healed. Compare that to the warmongering or potential warmongering done or supported by the majority of politicians from Trump to Clinton. War must be a last resort and we can never consider it civilised or humane from an Orthodox perspective IMHO.

4 December 2016

Sunday, 21 October 2012

George McGovern Dies at 90… Nixon Used Dirty Tricks to Defeat Him in 1972

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George McGovern, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam War as a US Senator (DSD), and who suffered one of the most crushing defeats in presidential election history against Richard Nixon in 1972, died before dawn Sunday. He was 90. A spokesman for McGovern’s family, Steve Hildebrand, told the AP by telephone that McGovern died at 05.15 CDT (03.15 PDT 06.15 EDT 11.15 UTC 14.15 MSK 19.15 AEDT) Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls SD, surrounded by family and lifelong friends. A family statement released by Hildebrand said, “We’re blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful, and productive life, advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions, and fighting for peace. He continued giving speeches, writing, and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer”.

20 October 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_21/Former-US-senator-George-McGovern-dead-at-90/

Editor’s Note:

George McGovern was no pacifist. He was a decorated bomber pilot in World War II; he willingly served his country in combat (unlike Willard Romney). He wasn’t a wild-eyed radical (again, unlike Willard Romney); as he put it simply, “You don’t get elected from South Dakota by being a radical”. He was a man of conviction, grace, and standards, defeated by an opponent with no scruples about lying about him. George McGovern was a man who stood by what he believed in… a rare commodity in politics. May God grant him rest and solace to his family…

Вечная память

BMD

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