It may make sense for a sick man to pray for health and then take medicine, but I fail to see any sense at all in his praying for health and then drinking poison. When I pray for peace I pray not only for [ISIS] and the [Koreans] but above all my own nation and myself. When I pray for peace I pray to be protected not only from the [terrorists] but also from the folly and blindness of my own country. When I p
ray for peace I pray not only that the enemies of my country may cease to want war but above all that my own country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable. – Thomas Merton
This is a slightly edited quote from over fifty years ago at the height of the cold war. Change the straw men to fit our times and it rings just as true today.