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Is Pre-Emptive War Justifiable? (LDS perspective)

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Published on Dec 2, 2011

Well done video I came across several years ago. Kudos to the person who put this together. I only uploaded it to YouTube. Please click "Show more" to read below-

The propaganda surrounding war is so entrenched in our society we have grown up accepting some very erroneous ideas regarding war such as; war is a necessary evil and accomplishes good things, war is patriotic, God is on our side because we are the "good guys" fighting for "freedom" throughout the world. We have become "pro" war, even believing that aggressive or pre-emptive strikes are justifiable.

To my fellow Latter-Day Saints (who should know better), ponder the statements in the video and read the scripture references below. The Lord has revealed His position on war and when it is justified.
See Doctrine & Covenants 98: 33-37 (also verses 14-16).
http://lds.org/scriptures/dc-testamen...

The struggles of the ancient people chronicled in the Book of Mormon further demonstrate the policy of fighting strictly DEFENSIVE wars on YOUR land. Once you begin pre-emptively "taking it to the enemy" you have crossed a line. (see following references)
3 Nephi 3: 20-21
http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/3...
Mormon 3: 10-11 & 14-16
http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/morm/3...
Mormon 4: 4-5
http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/morm/4...

America's current war policy goes against these principles. We have crossed the line and will surely face the prophesied consequences unless we correct our course.

The only presidential candidate who articulates the proper role regarding war is Ron Paul. How come Romney and Huntsman (LDS candidates) have it wrong?

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