Issues of peace and war

While it's not possible to know how everyone may feel about any particular issue, it seems safe to say that everyone must be deeply grateful to see the cessation of open warfare in the Persian Gulf area. The outpouring of prayer that we've all read about in this magazine, and in every major news organ in this country, has been extraordinary and a sign of the deep spiritual roots of people's lives. While it may appear that we live in an age of almost total materialism, people feel—even if they can't always explain what it is and why they have such feeling—that there is a benevolent divine power that ultimately governs the destiny of mankind.

War tragically imposes itself on humanity as the only possible solution under certain conditions. But when war begins, the cost in people's lives makes clear that war cannot be a glorious or good thing. We come to the realization that war is a terrible detour on the road to peace and reconciliation.

For the progress of all the world's children
April 29, 1991

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