Weapons are tools of ill omen wielded by the ignorant.
If their use is unavoidable, the wise act with restraint.
The greatest sorrow is to be a veteran, witness to the atrocities of humanity.
Human beings seem to have a penchant for war. It is glorified as patriotic and honorable. However, this is an illusion perpetrated by politicians to obtain acquiescence and cooperation in their power hungry dreams of conquest.
In retrospect, wars rarely have legitimate justification. They were initiated for venal reasons: to obtain resources, power, land, or ego. The fact that politicians would want to engage in war is not surprising. It is, in some ways, the nature of what they do. It is surprising though that their subjects, the citizens, would cooperate, because for them it brings sacrifice, destruction, death, and tremendous grief.
It is the lack of awareness and fear that lead citizens to support their politicians in engaging in war. They are usually more afraid of their own politicians and fellow citizens calling them traitors, and disloyal, and then being stigmatized, shunned, and punished by their neighbors and own government than being harmed by the named enemy in a foreign land.
For citizens, it is this act of cowardice, in supporting the destructive policies and practices of their government that allows sin to continue throughout the land and which brings tremendous grief and sorrow to both sides of the war.
In the spiritual life, we see beyond on the banal deceptions of the ego and realize that killing and destruction is a perverted human activity and rather than bring honor and glory it brings shame and sorrow to those who support and engage in it. All the thumping of chests adorned with medals, and the pomp of flag draped coffins viewed within the hearing of Taps on a bugle does not offset the pain and the shame of knowing that the war activities engaged in are not the best of human behavior.
War, rather than glorifying, corrupts the soul of a nation and its people because it manifests the values of death and destruction, rather than life and justice.