Let me ask you instead
Are all people fair?
Are all people able to discern right from wrong?
Are we all full of knowledge and wisdom?
Are we to bow to people who wish to devour us?
Who wish to destroy us for their own greed?
For those who desire power over us?
For those who envy your abundance?
For those who would destroy you for their own benefit?
Can we let the gates be fully open to those who take more than they need?
We should welcome the needy in.
We should be ready to offer generously those who are starved.
But once they are filled, and they are well, and they are in health, then teaching is to be declared
Teach the uneducated
Equip them with tools
Offer them guidance
Then release them to create their own abundance.
But those that return to steal from you,
To raid from your toil.
Who do not want to do the work,
You should close the gates to them
Put the sentry to guard
And if they do not desist,
But instead try other means, tricks and cunning,
You shall be forced to take up arms.
The offer of friendship and alliance should be offered
Treaties and the hope of compromise
And if they agree but still send their scouts and their raiding parties
Then, they are declaring war upon you.
The draw bridge shall be drawn upwards
And a declaration is made clearly to them
Any party that crosses into your abundant lands
Shall be cut down.
Vengeance is not required
But guarding and defence…. yes.
Do not withdraw the troops until The Oppressor gives up all hope.
If the Oppressor and thief continue to raid and do not desist,
Then send a messenger to your allies.
Send for help
Continue to build your arms
Train your army
Warn the Oppressor to desist!
Peace is preferable!
And if they agree but you see their tanks building in the horizon and the raiding parties and scouts continue to be found upon your borders…
Then you know that they have declared war upon you.
Abundance is for everybody.
But thievery, and ill desire should receive its own reward.
For no good thing can come from it.
And Evil and Goodness cannot be allies.
Wisdom cannot bed with Foolishness
So is war justified?
I shall simply suggest that the question is in fact faulty.
War is the last defence.
No war is desired.
War sometimes comes to us despite our every good intention
War is not a desire
But it is brought to us and we must decide to stand firm within it.
Standing firm against ill doing and wrong doing.
A thousand times yes
Do not lose your lands for the benefit of peace
You will lose everything
And no mercy shall be bestowed upon you.
Love cannot bed itself with Hate.
And hate devours and destroys, controls and lies to its friends.
Be assured that they are no friend indeed.
Aggression has no justification.
But standing up, to defend the weak
Standing guard over the vulnerable
And not standing as one who is powerless
A thousand times yes.
Be a force that no party will challenge or reckon with.
Collect your evidence
Be certain beyond any doubt
Aggression is never justified
But War can come upon you and you must be ready
Defend and protect
Stand up to those who do not regard your values
War I suggest should not be desired but sometimes should not be avoided.
Enter it with deep thought
Understanding of it’s consequences
It’s losses and it’s gains
Do not desire it
But do not give over to those who have ill intent and are aggressive towards you