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Friends of Trident, Enemies of God and Humanity

 

20140603_112852_2I was watching on the Parliament Channel a re-showing of the debate on trident renewal that took place on the 18th of July and what became clearer to me than anything was the incredible dishonesty of many MPs on both sides of the house. It is ironic that while MPs try to smear Jeremy Corbyn with being anti semitic the majority of the House of Commons including many of those who pretend to be Jews, Christians and Muslims voted to replace Trident. A move that at best displays no faith in God, by whatever name and at worst displays an utter contempt for God. Any one who supports Trident and professes to be a Christian or a Jew is a hypocrite, possibly a liar. I wont comment on Muslims as I don’t know their scripture well enough. However anyone who voted to replace Trident is demonstrating a faith in the works of man rather than God, effectively everyone who in the face of a dangerous world puts their trust in weapons of mass destruction is an idolater.

The only people who support the use of nuclear weapons are those who reject the power and promises of God and it occurred to me that the story of King Asa of Judah who had on God’s promise defeated a vastly superior Sudanese army but later instead of faith turned to paid allies to defeat the Syrians (Do they never stop fighting in that part of the world?).

‘At that time Hana′ni the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with exceedingly many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this; for from now on you will have wars.” 10 Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the stocks, in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this.’

Those without faith trust in man made solutions and like Asa attack those who stand up for the truth like Hana’ni, who point out the flaws in depending on nuclear weapons.

I don’t profess to be a Christian, I have far too much respect for Jesus to support the hypocrisy of the churches. However I was reading, the other day, that theological tour de force the ‘Letter to the Romans’ even for those of us who don’t accept Paul’s theological premises it is a magnificent argument. Christians are bound to believe it and so I might remind them of Paul’s observations on Abraham,

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthenedin his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.

If someone prefers to put their trust in Nuclear weapons rather than in the promises of the God they pretend to follow they can protest their faith as much as they like but as Jesus says you know the truth about them by their deeds,

“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” And Trident is a weapon for faithless cowards. I can say that as someone who has in the face of physical attack turned the other cheek…okay that didn’t actually go too well, if I’m honest, but at least having lost I didn’t go and murder not only my aggressor, but his family, everyone he knew and burn all his possessions. Trident is not a weapon of deterrence, but of revenge and only someone without courage or any moral decency would consider using it. Jesus was awfy hard when it came to morality, he’d say that anyone who is prepared to use nuclear weapons is a murderer; if you don’t believe me read the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel.

There is a somewhat suspect idea that wars can be just and there are criteria for a Just War. Anyone who accepts the possibility of using nuclear weapons is committing themselves to injustice. We should expect that of the Conservatives who think nothing of condemning millions of hard working people to lives of grinding poverty, but we should expect better of the Labour Party.

There are six conditions must be satisfied for a war to be considered just:

  • The war must be for a just cause.
  • The war must be lawfully declared by a lawful authority.
  • The intention behind the war must be good.
  • All other ways of resolving the problem should have been tried first.
  • There must be a reasonable chance of success.
  • The means used must be in proportion to the end that the war seeks to achieve.

A war that starts as a Just War may stop being a Just War if the means used to wage it are inappropriate.

  • Innocent people and non-combatants should not be harmed.
  • Only appropriate force should be used.
    • This applies to both the sort of force, and how much force is used.
  • Internationally agreed conventions regulating war must be obeyed.

(What is a Just War? http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/war/just/what.shtml)

It is impossible to use nuclear weapons without killing innocent people. Anyone who is prepared to accept the deaths of millions of innocents is someone who effectively considers the lives and rights of human beings as immaterial compared to the achievement of their own ends. They are exactly the sort of people who accept that it is acceptable to throw people out of work to protect profits, that it is appropriate to exploit those who are powerless to resist and to legislate to remove the power to resist. Anyone who claims to support socialism, yet would squander billions on Trident is a liar. There is no socialist nuclear weapon and no one who has supported nuclear weapons has a right to be called a socialist. Quite apart from the waste of resources nuclear weapons represent, they display an utter contempt for humanity, they generally lead to repression in the name of security and an undermining of democratic rights. If someone who truly believes20140603_112823_2 in God cannot accept nuclear weapons how much more of an abomination are they to anyone who professes to love humanity!

 

 

 

 

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