One would think by all the news publicity of how precise our new weapons are, one is surprised to find the facts on civilian deaths.
WW1 10% of all deaths where civilian
WW2 50% of all deaths where civilian
Vietnam 70% of all deaths where civilian
Iraq 90% of all deaths where civilian
If we are so precise at killing, then one would have to see killing civilians as deliberate. We must demand higher standards from our killing machine, by asking why so many innocent human beings are dieing at our hands.
It would be like the police surrounding a building that was fulled with innocent women and children being held with out their consent by terrorist, then having the police blow up the building in order to kill the very terrorist who are imprisoning the innocent. All the time having the weaponry to save as many human lives as possible, but choosing not to.
Before you or your sons and daughters go to war, remind them of the spiritual cost of taking innocent lives. It will be they who carry that burden, not the political parties that sent them. War is a very personal cost. One that is paid for by doubts and questions, visions that haunt the soul and in the end will often seem unnecessary.