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Fighting for Peace

Eleven years after 9/11: how Machiavelli’s The Art of War highlights the importance of protecting peace and prosperity.

David of Sassoon
And thus [a King] ought to desire, with the coming of peace, that his Princes return to governing their people, gentlemen to the cultivation of their professions, and the infantry to their particular arts (trades or professions); and everyone of these will willingly make war in order to have peace, and will not seek to disturb the peace to have war.
– Niccolò Machiavelli  [1]

Growing up in Fresno, California, my dad would take me to see the statue of David of Sassoon standing outside of the Courthouse. The statue is an awe-inspiring piece depicting the warrior of Armenian folklore, David of Sassoon, precariously balanced on his horse Jalai while swinging his large sword in battle. My young mind would often try to reconcile this image of a battling David with the imagery of American soldiers defending the United States, most often expressed with little green army-men toys enlisted in a campaign on my bedroom floor. As I look back to David and ponder my interest in his frozen battle cry, I think about the vigilance necessary in the fight for freedom during this time of remembering those lost in the 9/11 tragedy. This reflection also stands as a reminder of my admiration for those soldiers that do not make war for war’s sake, but rather put their life on the line to create peace.

Jason Freeman is the founder of Work of Start.

1. Niccolò Machiavelli. The Art of War (Radford VA: Wilder Publications, 2008), 17.