Moral authority with regards to nuclear weapons

Originally published 10//06:

Dr. Helen Caldicott, who used to head Physicians for Social Responsibility, and who is the founder and current President of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, has written an article for the Ottawa Citizen on the dangerous game played with nuclear weapons by the USA and Russia.  She also touches on a point that I’d like to amplify just a little bit.  She says that if the US and Russia voluntarily begin trimming their nuclear arsenal down, other nations will get rid of their nukes as well.  Apparently France and China have already said they would follow the US and Russian lead.  Whether Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea would follow is another question.  She says that then the USA would have moral authority in the world… a different situation from where we are now… criticizing Iran and North Korea for their nuclear programs.  Her arguements are well noted. 

However, I don’t think the USA is in the business right now of caring how strong their moral authority is with the rest of the world.  It seems that we are very much all about military strength and authority of the iron fisted type.  If we sought after moral authority, you would not see the pillaging of Iraq, the threats against Iran, the support of Israeli aggression and murders in Lebanon and Palestine, the generation of a new breed of nuclear weapons, the vetoing of FISSBAN at the UN, the militarization of outer space etc.  We seem to be the worshippers of those gods of stone and steel that Pres. Kimball spoke of in 1976 when he said:

In spite of our delight in defining ourselves as modern, and our tendency to think we possess a sophistication that no people in the past ever had — in spite of these things, we are, on the whole, an idolatrous people — a condition repugnant to the Lord.

We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel — ships, planes, missiles, fortifications — and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45).

We forget that if we are righteous the Lord will either not suffer our enemies to come upon us — and this is the special promise to the inhabitants of the land of the Americas (see 2 Nephi 1:7) — or he will fight our battles for us (Exodus 14:14; D&C 98:37, to name only two references of many). This he is able to do, for as he said at the time of his betrayal, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). We can imagine what fearsome soldiers they would be. King Jehoshaphat and his people were delivered by such a troop (see 2 Chronicles 20), and when Elish’s life was threatened, he comforted his servant by saying, “Fear not; for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16). The Lord then opened the eyes of the servant, “And he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (vs 17).

It would be nice to seek after moral authority in the world, but that’s not the path that the US is on.  We seem to be controlled by secret combinations and to be on an unswerving path to a very unpleasant destruction. 

Please read Dr. Caldicott’s article here:

 http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=51&ItemID=11255

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