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By Kerry M. Kartchner, Valerir M. Hudson

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32. Oaks, pp. 71-74. 33. Widstoe, p. 113. 25 "" ·p 27 4 Power's Reality, Power's Illusion: Policy at the Intersection of the Two Kingdoms Valerie M Hudson Most of the 100 or so students in my national security class each year at Brigham Young University are graduating seniors, and most majored in political science or international relations. On the last day of class, I ask them if they got their money's worth. I present them with the following list of insights concerning national security from those fields, and inquire as to whether they had studied these over the course of their undergraduate education.

Indeed, many count the past halfcentury as among the bloodiest the world has ever seen. Self-Defense The self-defense exception, while seemingly self-explanatory, has been fraught with problems. What of pre-emptive strikes to prevent an attack by another country? With the advent of nuclear weapons, that has become an issue of more than passing interest, at least to the other nuclear powers. What of a country that is exporting war to your or someone else's shores? Can, for example, the United States plant explosive mines in Nicaraguan harbors in order to prevent from that country from exporting weapons and warriors to other Latin American countries?

Be said: We, together with the whole Christian world, abhor war. But the Savior said, "In me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John 16:33). "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you" (John 14:27). The Savior was not talking about the peace that can be achieved between nations, by military force or by negotiation in the halls of parliaments. Rather, he was speaking of the peace we can each have in our own lives when we live the commandments and come unto Christ with broken hearts and contrite spiritS.

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