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September 12, 2006

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bill912

Father Jonathan Morris has written something similar on his blog at foxnews.com

Augustine

Too bad the professor forgot to mention the organized killing perpetrated by Communism which netted over 100 million deaths in peace time (60 million in the USSR, 30 million in China, 5 million in SE Asia and the rest in Africa and Latin America). At least if one call life under Communism peaceful...

Randolph Carter

The development of more powerful weapons does not--or at least has not yet--led to an increase in the percentage of people who are killed in war.

I suppose then that we should forget about the War Between the States, the First World War and the Second World War. Let us forget about the Battle of the Somme, where over 10,000 men died in a single day. Let us forget about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and of the awesome might of the atom bomb which, if unleashed upon the world, could snuff out western civilization as we know it.

In truth any new weapons technology brings with it greater loss of life, until we either find a way to refine or counter it. When armies are just throwing bombs randomly at one another, then many, many people are going to die. When he can created a "smart" bomb that can find its way toward its target, than fewer people will die. And if we can find a way to shoot bombs out of the sky before they hit us, than even fewer and fewer people will die. This, I think, is why our most contemporary wars seem to result in less deaths than those in the former half of the 20th century.

Also, is our "developed" world really so much less violent than the "undeveloped" world? How many died in "peace" under the various "developed" Communist regimes? How many die in "peace" every year in the United States, where children are routinely slaughtered in their mother's wombs, where the sick and the infirm are butchered in the name of "compassion" where gangs of children roam the streets of our cities murdering innocent bystanders as well as one another? Did not "developed" Europe begin the First World War? Did not "developed" Germany start the Second World War? I wonder.

Rhys

There's so many predictions that have been made about the future, one is bound to at least appear similar. But I have read so many false predictions about the future in the past, compared to that single apparently accurate past. So I am very skeptical about any predictions of the future. I think it comes down to pure chance of who will turn out to be right.

Jamie Beu

Well, we know that Arthur C. Clarke was not accurate in his predictions (2001, 2010, etc.). But then again, how many accurate atheist prophets have there been?

Augustine

Randolph,

You hit the nail on the head! It's very sophisticated for a professor to pontificate about wars abroad while millions of children are murdered in otherwise peaceful countries.

I'm a tad tired of listening to the same litanies about the horrors of war as though there weren't any organized killing outside of it. Communism rule and abortion proved otherwise and actually more deadly.

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