Peace

A Just War Response to a Pacifism and the Russia-Ukraine War
Just War Response to Pacifism’s Say on Russia-Ukraine War

I appreciate Michael McKoy’s recent “What Does Pacifism Have to Say About Ukraine?” But I remain unimpressed by the pacifist view.

What Does Pacifism Have to Say about Ukraine?
What Does Pacifism Have to Say about Ukraine?

Pacifism argues that the only means of breaking the cycles of violence is to recognize the short-term and long-term devastation of war, examine the decisions and dynamics that perpetuate these cycles, and make the tough decisions necessary to reject violence and ensure peace.

Marksism – No. 78: Putin Off-Ramp, US Empire, Christian Realism vs. Cynicism and Idealism
Marksism – No. 78: Putin Off-Ramp, US Empire, Christian Realism vs. Cynicism and Idealism

This week the editors discuss Alan Dowd’s suggestion for offering Putin an off-ramp, Mike Watson’s article about the value of America’s empire of nations, and Mark Tooley’s comparison of Christian realism with cynicism and idealism.

Reaffirming the Four Freedoms - Ukraine Russia Franklin D Roosevelt
Reaffirming the Four Freedoms

President Roosevelt first enunciated the Four Freedoms in an evening session with his speechwriters. He made them the peroration of his message to Congress and wove them into the Atlantic Charter and the United Nations Charter. They have constituted the basis of American foreign policy ever since. Now is the time to reaffirm them.

“Peace” Activists Sing Putin’s Song - Ukraine - Russia
“Peace” Activists Sing Putin’s Song

Today, after Russia has completely abjured socialist ideals, leftist “peace” movements promote Russian foreign policy narratives. What, then, motivates them?

Looking Back at UNESCO’s Original Mission to Promote Peace
Looking Back at UNESCO’s Original Mission to Promote Peace

“Prevention of war lies primarily in cultivation of the bases of peace.” This sentence taken from the report of the preparatory commission of UNESCO.

NATO Is Still Key to Keeping the Peace in Europe - Russia Ukraine
NATO Is Still Key to Keeping the Peace in Europe

With Ukraine languishing outside the safety of the NATO alliance, the consensus seems to be that there is little the alliance can do as Putin enforces his latter-day Brezhnev Doctrine. That consensus view is wrong.

First Mennonite Church in Berne, Indiana, in May 2007. By OZinOH, via Flickr.
A New Mennonite Vision: A Review of Melissa Florer-Bixler’s How to Have an Enemy

Melissa Florer-Bixler is angry, and she wants her fellow Mennonites to get angry, too. At least, that is the professed premise of her book, “How to Have an Enemy: Righteous Anger and the Work of Peace.”

Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 68 | America’s Enemies and Allies in the Middle East (Joel Rosenberg)
Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 68 | America’s Enemies and Allies in the Middle East

In this episode, Joel Rosenberg talks about his latest book, “Enemies and Allies: An Unforgettable Journey inside the Fast-Moving & Immensely Turbulent Modern Middle East.”

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