The author is a Mechanical Engineer who spent 35 years in a successful career solving problems for a large industrial corporation.  With this book, he is trying to solve man’s greatest problem, the prevention of wars.

He has spent 40 years studying why we have wars.  He has read many books and attended many peace talks and this is a colletion of all he has learned.  He believes this book is a collection of truths that people need to know in order to arrive at an effective peace plan.

The book tells how the last six wars could have been prevented and how to prevent future wars.  It describes the source of men’s emotions that lead him into choosing war, in a chapter called “Testosterone.”

The book supports the basic theme of, support for the United Nations, International Criminal Court, world law and enforcement.

A Revolution in Thinking about How to Prevent Wars

New ideas from a new book, Peace Within Our Grasp, by Crandall R. Kline.

Foundation stones for rational thought.

  • Bombing civilians is useless for bringing an end to a war. It only stiffens the resolve of the citizens to fight harder (unless the whole nation is demolished as happened to Japan).
  • Any killing of civilians (terrorism, suicide bombing) is an ineffective method for trying to bring an end to a war. (It satisfies the urge for revenge but doesn’t shorten the war.)
  • If we had dropped food on Berlin instead of bombs, it would have shortened the war.
  • It is an insanity of war to think that if they kill some of us, we will respond by killing more of them, but when we kill some of them they will give in and seek peace. This is the motivating idea for fighting all wars and it is irrational.
  • It is nonsensical to send an army to fight their army when all we need to do is to send Special Forces to capture the criminal leaders who are causing the crime.
  • We should continue to develop nonlethal weapons so criminal leaders can be captured without killing anyone.
  • The moral law, “do not harm others,” is the supreme law, superior to all written laws. All laws are written to keep people from hurting each other; they try to describe forbidden actions, but they are incomplete. Judges should make decisions not on the letter of the law but on who is being injured.
  • There is only one God, one creator of the universe. All religions worship the same God but call Him by different names.
  • Every religion thinks it is the best, the only path to heaven, but they must accept the right of other religions to think the same. All religions are equal before the law.
  • Secular laws are superior to religious rules. Religions are not allowed to break secular laws. “Freedom of Religion” does not allow the breaking of secular laws.
  • Wars are caused by intransigent, closed minded, bigots who have no sympathy for people of other ethnicity or who are the less fortunate. They do not allow equal rights for the underdog.
  • Peace requires that all people, who obey the laws, be treated fairly and with respect.
  • It should be illegal for someone to urge another to kill, or to preach hatred.

Robert Stewart, Director of Canadian Centre for Peace wrote, “This is the best ‘How to achieve world peace’ book that I have read.”  See

Debbie Metke, long time peace activist in  the Milwaukie area and CGS member wrote to me, “I love your book…it’s really a joy to read…You did a fantastic job…”