CS Lewis Explains Why He Was Not a Pacifist


(I posted this at The American Catholic and I thought the history mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.)



It is, of course, true that wars never do half the good which the leaders of the belligerents say they are going to do. Nothing ever does half the good — perhaps nothing ever does half the evil — which is expected of it. And that may be a sound argument for not pitching one’s propaganda too high. But it is no argument against war. If a Germanised Europe in 1914 would have been an evil, then the war which would have prevented that evil would have been, so far, justified. To call it useless because it did not also cure slums and unemployment is like coming up to a man who has just succeeded in defending himself from a man-eating tiger and saying, “It’s no good, old chap. This hasn’t really cured your rheumatism!”

CS Lewis

Published in: on October 19, 2016 at 4:05 am  Comments Off on CS Lewis Explains Why He Was Not a Pacifist  
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