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Even with its central ethic for peace, there is an inbuilt expectation of conflict, when the world is conceived as dividing between ‘dar al-islam’ (sphere of Islam) and ‘dar al-harb’ (the sphere of war), the latter comprising people who will ultimately be absorbed by the former either through conversion or submission. Once again, within a priority of peace, there are internal ambiguities and even contradictions, that make war acceptable under certain conditions, until ‘repentance’ is expressed: When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them.
An inspiring book tells just one story among many unhailed 32 Pacifism and English Literature movements, of a small village in France which pointed the way to a different strategy. In Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There, Philip P. 13 Under the leadership of their Huguenot pastor, Andre Trocme, and his supporters, Le Chambon villagers sheltered Jewish refugees and especially children, moving them on to safety through the Quaker network, throughout the occupation under the collaborating Vichy government of Pétain.
18 The paradigm case is that a person is permitted to kill a pursuer to save his own life or to save the life of a third party. This is ‘the law of pursuit’, although in itself it is not a war. Military action by a group or nation enters the picture as an action taken to aid the victim of aggression, although in this collective category the law of pursuit is not adequate as a model, and other considerations apply. Wars are either ‘Obligatory’ (compulsory), when they are to directly fulfil a specific biblical command, such as the obligation to destroy the tribes of Amalek in biblical times, or to save Israel from an aggressive nation’s current or imminent attack, or ‘Authorised’ when undertaken to increase the territory of Israel.
Callimachus. Hymn to Apollo: A Commentary by Frederick Williams