...by the politicians' whims. So they must be responsible for this war.
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[Posted 3 January 2006]

Live And Let Die—Wars Fought For Whim

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acharya of the world-wide Hare Krishna Movement, Brahma Sampradaya Acharya

Srila Prabhupada
Conversation with David Wynne, Sculptor, July 9, 1973, London. 
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Reuters, Tues, Jan 3, 2006--Murtha says he wouldn't join military now

Rep. John Murtha, a key Democratic voice who favors pulling US troops from Iraq, said in remarks airing on Monday that he would not join the US military today.


Washington (Reuters) : A decorated Vietam combat veteran who retired as a colonel after 37 years in the US Marine Corps, Murtha told ABC News' "Nightline" program that Iraq "absolutely" was a wrong war for President George W. Bush to have launched.

Shymasundara: Now there is a famous cinema being shown called "Live and Let Die."

Prabhupada: That is good culture. Yes.

Shymasundara: Favorite. Everyone likes it.

Prabhupada: Yes. Let others die; you live.

David Wynne: And yet, Arjuna had to fight in the war, didn't he?

Prabhupada: Hm?

David Wynne: In the Bhagavad-gita, he still had to... But it didn't matter him killing if it was Krishna's responsibility?

Prabhupada: No. Fighting or killing, when it is done for, under the guidance of Krishna, that is a different thing.

David Wynne: Yeah, I see.

Prabhupada: Just like a soldier fights on behalf of the king, and the more he kills, he gets medal. The same soldier, as soon as kills one man, he's hanged. He cannot say, the soldier, that "In the battlefield I killed hundreds and hundreds men and I was rewarded. Now I have killed only one man, I am being hanged? What is this?" Why? He's hanged. Because he killed on his own account.

David Wynne: There's the thing.

Prabhupada: And in the battlefield he killed on the state's account. He was rewarded. So there is difference between killing.

David Wynne: Yeah.

Prabhupada: When there is real, righteous fight, for good cause, that fighting is all right. Just like the state gives punishment one person, "This man should be hanged. Kill him." So who is blaming the state, "Oh, the state is killing this man?" That is right. It is good for him. In Manu-samhita there is good background. So similarly, everything is good when it is done for the good. And God is good. That is Krishna conscious move... And everything is bad when it is done for maya. That's all. So these wars are declared not for Krishna's sake; by the politicians' whims. So they must be responsible for this war.

Shymasundara: Like the Vietnam, you mean?

Prabhupada: Any, any war. They create whimsical... Anything you do whimsically, you are responsible. Anything you do. Why fighting? Anything.


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