here is the thing: i am a navy vet and even though i never had to fire a gun in defense or anger i am aware that in some way i may have contributed to deaths even though i served in peacetime - the eisenhower presidency. but i was also there as a representative of our culture to japan and other places in the far east. yet, i humbly concern myself that in some way i may have contributed to violence.
now then i do not hear any of the same type of humiity from quakers or others of the so called "peace" movements. yes, it is true that they have a goal of promoting peace to the exclusion of war. but they must be aware on some level that during times such as the iraq war they may clearly be contributing to additional deaths by causing the war to be extended by giving hope and encouragement to violent insurgents and others set on violence.
in peace - with justice,