Thursday, August 11, 2005

I Was at Nagasaki: A Veteran of the U.S. Marines Speaks Out

From I Was at Nagasaki: A Veteran of the U.S. Marines Speaks Out:

"Nagasaki was the center of Catholicism in Japan. It had a big cathedral, and if I'm not mistaken, it had the biggest Christian population of any city in the country. And yet there we were--Catholics killing Catholics, and Protestants killing Protestants.
After the war, one of the things I grappled with was the question of allegiance. Where, as a Christian, should your allegiance be? As soldiers, our allegiance was to the nation state, not to our brothers and sisters, nor to Jesus.

This worship of the nation state is one of the worst idolatries of our day. In fact, I think it's probably the worst. But people can't see it. Like George Zabelka, the chaplain of the A-bomb pilots, said, they are brainwashed."