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Sikh attitudes towards war and peace are based on the Qur'an.
Sikhism is a totally pacifist religion.
Dharam Yudh is a 'Just War'.
Sikhs believe that, even if a war is just, it should not take place if it cannot be won.
A Sikh army can include mercenaries.
'When all efforts to restore peace prove useless and no words avail, Lawful is the flash of steel. It is right to draw the sword' was said by Guru Nanak.
Guru Nanak Dev wrote: No one is my enemy, No one is a foreigner.
Guru Ram Das taught that military action was sometimes necessary to promote justice and protect the innocent.
Sikhism approves of any action to promote human rights and harmony.
Guru Har Gobind taught that military action was sometimes necessary to promote justice and protect the innocent.