What’s wrong with Peace?

By Marvin Adams

Marvin Adams is a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Parish in Washington D.C. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Franciscan Action Network.

Marvin Adams

The United States has been in a perpetual state of war in every decade since the 1940s. World War I was billed as the “War to end all wars.” Somehow, we as a nation seemed to have missed that memo. Subsequently, we have sent our troops to the peninsula of Korea, the jungles of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan all over the course of the last nine consecutive decades. At some point, hopefully, sooner rather than later, we will become inclined to give peace a try.

 

But wait a minute, isn’t that exactly what President Obama and leaders from Germany, Russia, China, Great Britain and France attempted to do with regard to the recently signed Agreement with Iran with respect to nuclear materials. In a sane world, these negotiations and their conclusion would have been met with euphoria, or at the very least with support from our politicians and the citizenry of our country.

 

Unfortunately, that is not the case. Specifically, the war hawks in this country, in concert with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have seemingly done everything within their power to circumvent or sabotage the peace process altogether. What is truly ironic, or might I state hypocritical, is the unofficial leader of the war hawks is none other than former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is the same individual who led his country into the very questionable war with Iraq under the guise of finding and eliminating Iraq’s cadre of weapons of mass destruction.

 

Cheney is also the same individual who never served one day of active duty within our military. As a matter of fact, he was once quoted, according to a New York Times article that he was a draft dodger because “I had other priorities in the 60s than military service.” Even since leaving the public arena, Cheney, and his ilk, have been promoting United States military engagements. It seems not to matter whether the “enemy” is Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or any other country of choice as long as we were “warring.”

 

Despite the propaganda, obfuscation and misinformation perpetuated by the warmongers concerning the aforementioned Agreement, there are many besides President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry, who would like to give it an opportunity to succeed. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, stated “We are closer than ever to an agreement that makes it impossible for Iran to possess nuclear weapons. That is a great credit to all negotiating parties.” Even Pope Francis waded into the narrative by saying “In hope we entrust the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.” To paraphrase, in my own words, what’s wrong with peace?

 

Historians have offered different opinions as to why the Roman Empire failed, shown here, and some of the reasons stated should be cause for alarm for Americans, especially those who adhere to the premise that history repeats itself. Overexpansion and military spending, as well as government corruption and political instability were rampant during the declining years of the Roman Empire. It does not take a Rhodes Scholar to compare Rome of yesteryear to the United States of today.

 

One of the best and surest ways of preventing ourselves from replicating Rome’s demise is to put an end to our endless wars. Should we? Can we? We can and must! We can begin by allowing diplomacy and the peace process to work. If the war hawks and neocons, in the words of the cool people, “can’t get with that” they do have recourse: They can all find and uninhabited parcel of land and have at it. Most Americans, and by extension, the rest of the world will gladly fund their little excursion.

We’ve tried war, let’s give peace a try.

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