The Christian tradition leaves room for different views on war, but even if we are among those who believe that there are circumstances where it cannot be avoided, we must recognise that it is the greatest of human disasters. We just need to look at the terrible experience of people in Aleppo or Mosul in recent weeks to know that.
Violence is easy to condemn when other people in other places resort to it. But perhaps as we commemorate the terrible cost of armed conflict on Remembrance Sunday, we need to examine our own hearts and commit ourselves to peace not just on the grand scale in our ordinary everyday dealings with each other. Only if more and more people commit to peace in these small ways, can we avoid the great conflicts that all too often devastate our communities and our world.