War or Peace? Thinking Outside the Box

Four Buddhists grapple with the precept of non-killing. A roundtable discussion with Lama Surya Das, Jan Chozen Bays, José Cabezón, and Thanissaro BhikkhuDavid Pratt

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Tricycle: How do you view the U.S. government’s military response to the events of September 11?

Jan Chozen Bays: I would have preferred a more restrained response. In an ideal world you’d send special forces into Afghanistan in the dead of night, anesthetize the core group of terrorists, put them in padded restraints, provide them with lawyers, and deposit them on the steps of the international court in the Hague. This is an imperfect world, but still I had hopes for a more “surgical” intervention. As a physician I think of terrorism as analogous to cancer. A physician’s job is to go in and surgically remove the cancer to alleviate the immediate cause of suffering.

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