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Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn
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Soldiers of the English infantry in France during the first world war. Photograph: Fototeca Storica Nazionale/Getty Images
Dec 9, 2014 | 100 years ago this month one of the most unusual aberrations in the bloody history of the organized mass slaughter that is war occurred – never to be repeated again. “Christian” Europe was in the fifth month of the world war that finally ground to a halt four years later, with all sides exhausted and most sides financially and morally bankrupted.
British, Scottish, French, Belgian, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Serbian and Russian church pulpits in those essentially Christian nations back home were doing their part in contributing to the un-Christ-like patriotic fervor that would result in a holocaust that destroyed four empires, killed upwards of 20 million soldiers and civilians and resulted in the psychological and physical decimation of an entire generation of young men in France, Britain, Germany and Russia.
Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics.
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