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War and Peace (81152-C1-¶165.C)

Amend ¶ 165.C of the 2004 Book of Discipline as follows:
   We believe war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ. We therefore reject war as an instrument of national foreign policy of any nation. ,to be employed only as a last resort in the prevention of such evils as genocide, brutal oppression of human rights, and unprovoked international aggression. ..... [continue remainder of paragraph without change]


At least two of the deleted exceptions can be easily abused by a single nation or by a small group of nations acting on their own.  Action "in extreme situations...through appropriate international organizations" against "unchecked aggression, tyranny and genocide" is already recognized in ¶ 164 I.