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You posted something which at first appeared (to me, at least) to be designed to provoke, as much as to make a point, given its (seeming) extreme nature. That's why the question came to me.

Well, I know where you stand, at least. I would argue that war is an ordeal instituted by specific human actions. God doesn't "institute" anything. God may not even exist. Or is this some sort of "metaphoric", symbolic God of which the author speaks?

I'll have to look into that Nietzsche quote. I would like to know its context. And I might almost buy the "hardihood" quote, particularly in context of maintaining a strong defense. I don't see how, say, attacking weaker nations is necessarily "demanding", in the sense you claim, however.

And war is not a "permanent human obligation" in my view. This just seems like a preposterous statement to make, devoid of any solid logic underneath it, although, as you point out, its context isn't known. It seems to me that free will trumps any purported "obligation" to wage war. Don't you think?