Before we go into another war(-ish ‘police’ action)… #syria

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.


Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

One thought on “Before we go into another war(-ish ‘police’ action)… #syria

  1. The situation in Syria is a complicated mess, which has been allowed to fester to the point where we are forced to choose between the better of two evils. An attack may ironically place us on the same side as Al Qaida, while at the same time causing the pressure cooker of the Middle East to explode. Eisenhower’s speech is a stark reminder that the success of democracy is directly related to an informed and engaged citizenry. Thanks for the post.

Leave a Reply, Please!