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Response: If soldiers truly look into the spiritual dimension, we can abolish war | The Guardian

As murder is condemned in public opinion and in law, so must collective murder be

It calls for a special kind of military courage for a former chief of the general staff to cry out – as Richard Dannatt did (Face to Faith, 12 November) – for a spiritual answer to the good soldier in Afghanistan who has done what he is trained to do and was then impelled to write: “Afterwards I sat there and thought: hang on, I just shot someone … I didn’t get to sleep that night … I shot someone.” Faced with the good soldier’s pain, General Dannatt doubts whether what he calls a “sound moral baseline” is enough – belief in a cause or a leader or even his regiment. It calls, he thinks, for “a spiritual dimension … very much a thing of the heart”.

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