In “When Congress wields a tool of peace” The Christian Science Monitor reports that “one shining example of bipartisan cooperation in Congress has been strong lawmaker support for a popular tool in foreign policy: sanctions on other nations or their leaders and companies.… If done well, sanctions can alter the behavior of a country.… They might even prevent war, and for good reason. Sanctions are not so much punitive as a hopeful view that a country’s people really want peace and democracy. They signal a better path.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 476‒477
Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, nations are helped onward towards justice, righteousness, and peace, which are the landmarks of prosperity. In order to apprehend more, we must practise what we already know of the Golden Rule, which is to all mankind a light emitting light.
— The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 282
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Christian diplomacy”: “Christian diplomacy brings a radical about-face to the premises of conventional negotiation. This diplomacy is concerned solely with peace eliciting, not positional bargaining. What a startling and refreshing difference between forcing our way of thinking on someone and looking for something worthy and beautiful already present in his true nature as man, God’s likeness. There’s healing power in glimpsing this nature, and then learning how to encourage its expression!
“Wherever someone is touching God’s peace deep in another and helping to draw it out, Christianity is beautifully alive. It is seen as a humanity of caring present within receptive human consciousness everywhere on this planet. Actually, such Christianity is already central to the moral awareness that flows from an understanding of man’s spiritual identity as God’s idea. This spiritual identity is the true nature of every individual and can be expressed by everyone.”
In “The approach that heals”: “The advanced approach is the Christly approach. Not to pacify, not to condone, not to fight, but to heal is the only animus of this approach. And it is more powerful in its effect than all the might of matter developed by human invention.” And “It is significant that in the final chapter of Revelation the leaves of the tree of life ‘were for the healing of the nations’ (Rev. 22:2).”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.