Marie Dennis, an American who serves as a co-president of Pax Christi International, said she and the conference group "believe that it is time for the church to speak another word into the global reality." Dennis also said she understands that people may raise concerns in rejecting the just war theory over needing to stop unjust aggressors. Her group, she said, agrees that violent aggressors have to be stopped. "The question is how," said Dennis. "Our belief would be that as long as we keep saying we can do it with military force, we will not invest the creative energy, the deep thinking, the financial and human resources in creating or identifying the alternatives that actually could make a difference." "As long as we say that dropping bombs will solve the problem we won't find other solutions and I think that's feeling more and more clear to us," he said.Leaving aside the apparent trans-ness of Mr/Ms Dennis/Marie, there's a valid point in this mess. Aggressors have to be stopped. Okay. War is bad. Mkay. We need to identify alternatives? Sounds good but seems impossible, UNLESS... Unless you can identify a non-violent alternative and SHOW WHERE IT HAS ACTUALLY WORKED to deter or halt an ACTUAL AGGRESSOR. Creative energy and deep thinking are NOT methods that have ACTUALLY WORKED. Massive force, or a convincing threat of massive force, works every time. After you specify WHICH SIDES of current wars you view as unjust, and after you specify an alternative that HAS ACTUALLY WORKED, then we'll listen.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.