I interviewed Chandler Thomasson who came to Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, with his wife Alice. Alice is vice-president of Habitat for Humanity in Morgan County, Ohio. (Koinonia is the birthplace for Habitat for Humanity and it’s national headquarters is several miles away from here.) Alice was here for a Habitat conference and Chandler did some volunteer work on the Koinonia Farm. He is a retired school pyshcologist and a U.S. Navy veteran who was on the USS Shangrala aircraft carrier in the waters around Cuba during the “Cuban Missile Crisis” during the Kennedy Administration. He said at the time he believed the patriotic addage: “Our country right or wrong.” And he said: “Hopefully you were never asked to kill, but if you were — you were willing to do that.” He said, however, since then his thinking has changed. He’s had children of his own and now has grandchildren. “I don’t think investing children in war is a good idea (now),” Chandler said. What’s more, he said of the innocent people that are killed that they can never be considered “collateral damage.” He said over the years, he has become much more inclined toward “peaceful resolution.” Note: With Chandler’s background as a counselor, he has worked for the organization “Passionate Friends,” which is for parents who have lost a child. And Chandler said he is convinced unless someone has lost a child themselves, there is no way they can truly empathize with a parent who has.