"It is just to punish those who disturb the public order. Whether one kills or does not kill, the precept forbidding killing [is preserved]. It is the precept forbidding killing that wields the sword. It is the precept that throws the bomb."
This is a quote from Kodo Sawaki made (in)famous from Brian Victoria's book Zen at War.
I mentioned it in the last post from Anatman but I thought it should probably be a separate topic. Does anyone know anyhing about the background behind this quote? Comments?