Mines in Afghanistan

Afghan children learning about mine safety. Image by Thomas Sjørup, licensed under Creative Commons.

When the shooting stops

Criteria for a just peace

Destruction, displacement and death—these were the consequences of war in the prophet Ezekiel's time. After he was sent into exile with the Hebrew people in 597 BC, Ezekiel predicted the devastation of Jerusalem. Although their military defenses had been successful in the past, Ezekiel admonished the people about any illusion of security and warned against false prophets who were saying, "'Peace,' when there is no peace" (Ezek. 13:10). His dire warning came to pass a decade later with the destruction of Jerusalem.

Destruction, displacement and death—sadly, these evils continue to accompany war today, including putatively just wars.


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