One of the most destructive tragedies a nation can suffer is that of being the victim of aggression by a more powerful nation.
The aggression becomes more devastating when its weapons include food, medicines, technology, sabotages, financial blockades misinformation campaigns, and selective assassinations. Aggression is even more deplorable when the aggressor is motivated by his greed to appropriate for himself the natural and human resources of the victims of aggression.
This Sunday, the gospel demonstrates that the tragedy of aggression can be resolved for the benefit of its victims. Such benefits include: the unification of the people in order to confront the aggressor, the discredit of the aggressor, the denunciation of the atrocities committed by the aggressor, and the paramount conclusion that world peace must be based on respect of freedom and the right of self determination for all nations.
The powerful are concerned with expanding their dominion through war. The weak are concerned with protecting their lives. And the vast multitudes are not concerned with anything at all, as long as war does not touch them.
MONEY, THE MOST LETHAL WEAPON
It is a well-known principle in modern warfare that money is the most effective weapon of all. It may fail to buy the enemy, but it will not fail to buy the weapons to kill the enemy.
GUARANTIED TO MAKE MONEY
The growth of the weapons industry proves that war is more profitable than peace.
TRUE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
The only weapons of mass destruction are those in the hands of the one who is willing to use them.
A DESPICABLE MARRIAGE
The weapons industry is a marriage of greed with brute force.
SO MUCH FOR THE RATIONAL BEING
I have seen dogs furiously barking at each other, only to turn around and go their separate ways. I have seen world leaders yelling at each other, only to end up tearing each other apart.