FVhF8GUArchbishop Cranmer yesterday shared his thoughts about the British Trident, and they’re apropos for us as Americans as well. Trident is, of course, the British submarine based nuclear deterrent force, comparable in most respects to the US Strategic Command. The British were the world’s second nuclear armed power, because of their contribution (a huge one) to the Manhattan Project, and they have, as always, been steadfast in their duty.

I doubt I’m the only one who remembers with gratitude the sight of the American strategic forces at RAF Greenham Common guarded by the RAF regiment from the Moscow inspired Greens of the CND.

But that was then and now is now. The old Soviet Union is gone, although it does seem to be stirring somewhat like a phoenix, and its nukes still exist as do China’s, Pakistan’s and North Korea’s. Nor does it lo0k improbable that Iran, and perhaps others in the Middle East will develop nuclear weapons, and some may not be as rational.

Here is some of what His Grace had to say:

Trident is the price we pay not only for peace and national security, but for the contribution Britain makes to the security of the world. Our seat on the UN Security Council is contingent on our nuclear potency, which the SNP may not care very much about, but they will if President Putin keeps making incursions into Scottish airspace.

And it’s not only Russia: there’s also North Korea, and President Obama has just gifted the eschatological ayatollahs of Iran the means of ushering in the Mahdi and wiping Israel off the map. There is denial that this deal will do anything of the sort. But an assurance that Iran will open up their nuclear programme to inspection and not make a bomb for 10-13 years is no assurance of anything at all. When you believe you have a prophetic role to play in ushering in the End Times and the Second Coming of Isa, a decade-long delay is as a few minutes in the quest to reestablish Allah’s kingdom of righteousness.

There is no ‘Christian’ approach to nuclear deterrence: Jesus would no more bless a Trident submarine than He would a fruitless fig tree. And it’s hard to square a nuclear bomb with the Just War theory on the grounds of proportionality alone, let alone the collateral incineration of civilians. There is no jus post bellum after a nuclear strike: you’re dealing with the fallout (quite literally) for decades if not centuries.

But Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’ And Trident helped to establish international treaties of concord throughout the Cold War era, even if that peace was sometimes hot. How would a nuclear-free Scotland defend herself against a nuclear aggressor?

Keep reading Archbishop Cranmer.

And that’s the point, isn’t it? These ugly weapons, always restricted for ‘no first use’, that no one ever wants to use, have kept the peace in Europe, for 70 years, courtesy of the United Kingdom and the United States. These two great maritime powers have taken the doctrines that allowed them to first make and then protect the modern world and turned them into a doctrine that has allowed them to keep the peace worldwide, for nearly 70 years.

It has been hugely expensive for both countries both fiscally and psychically. It is a power no rational man would desire, the ability to end life on Earth, and yet our countries have done so, and kept the peace.

It was no joke when back in the 1940s the USAF Strategic Air Command took as its motto:

Stategic Air Command

Stategic Air Command; via Wikipedia

Peace is our profession

For truly these warriors, some of the best in the United States and the United Kingdom are indeed the peacekeepers. To them every person in the world owes their life, and such freedom as they have, or even hope for.

As Cranmer said above:

But Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’

For truly:

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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12 Responses to Peacekeepers

  1. I would surely disagree about God In Christ, as Lord and in His Lordship, that He does not use the Just War, surely this was somewhat the essence of WW II, but indeed in a fallen world! But it only lines-up with God’s full and final purpose as HE eschatologically moves the planet and creation towards HIS end! Which is most surely seen in the people and purpose of National Israel, Zechariah 13: 8-9 ; with chapter 14! Noting also, Rev. 1: 7. But where will America and the UK be then? It quite appears, at least as nations, in Gentile Apostasy, 2 Tim. 3: 5, etc! My take and belief at least.

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    • NEO says:

      He’s saying its hard to justify nuclear weapons under just war, especially proportionality and it is, in anything but general war. that’s why we haven’t ever used them again. But as a deterrent, and used that way, they fit.

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      • Yes, I know, but sadly it does appear they will be used yet quite again, in the eschatological end! I don’t see how fallen humanity can escape such? As too, in the great purpose of God!

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        • NEO says:

          Seems likely to me as well, very sadly.


  2. the unit says:

    You guys provide the scriptural word on the days of our lives and the end times. I read though years ago it would be by fire. So wait and see huh?

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    • Nothing hotter, least in this world, than an ICBM!

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      • NEO says:

        Power of the stars themselves, unleashed by men.

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        • the unit says:

          War and Peace. Well unless someone is trying to destroy the country this weekend 🙂 I’m going to join the couch potatoes and follow the Masters. I have each year for a long time. The first and last time I saw Arnie and Jack was at the Memphis Open in ’65. Jack won and pocketed the first prize of $9000.
          I rooted for Arnie.


        • Indeed the Masters is a golf thing of its very own! Such beauty there too! Bobby Jones was always an Amateur golfer I believe? Who also helped found and design Augusta. Such memories there for sure! I used to like the Shark, old Greg Norman myself!

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        • the unit says:

          I do like Greg Norman. Camilo Villegas is my favorite though. 🙂

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        • For young players, this kid Jordon Spieth seems amazing! Btw he’s a Texan too! Aye I used to chase that golf ball myself, I miss playing but with my old back now, I just can’t. Good memories there also!

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