The story left out all the demands that we talk to the Thug, and that it is someone else's fault that the thug needed to rob people to live because of the terrible politics of someone else.
David Brooks said leftists should invent "Pacifist Toothpaste - it doesn't kill the germs in your mouth, it just asks them to leave."
I think she was saying that to Jack, and definitely not Tony.
Pacifists believe that violence is not the only way to solve problems. Pacifists believe that violence is not the optimal way to solve problems. I'm sure most people, pacifist or not, would agree that violence is indeed neither the only way nor the best way to solve anything. The kicker is that pacifists will actively pursue nonviolent resolutions even in dire situations.
why does this remind me of Mike Dukakis ?
Or any other Dem, come to think of it.
Mr. Raymond Kraft said all that needs to be said on the subject of pacifism. Excellent post, Aussie Dasher. Thank you.
Pacifism is a way of rationalizing cowardice and spinelessness. Guess that's why it's so popular with liberals.
Pacifist or not, its a dumb idea have a shoot out with a mugger. Yeah, you might win, but you might loose. The $50 in your wallet along with the 20 minutes it will take to cancel your credit cards arent worth taking that sort of chance. Its one thing if you feel your life is in danger, but playing hero can have tragic results.
Boy, had this article been published on any of NZ's MSMs it could easily be deemed the most "offensive" article of 2006 by a majority of Kiwis! I think the reactions will truly show how left-leaning mainstream NZ really is.
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
I don't recall that the pacifist was ever reluctant to call the police when trouble loomed; nor was he reluctant to enjoy the freedom of personal safety, freedom from violent conquest, and the freedom of democracy and the countless personal choices allowed him by the protection of the nation from tyrants - all furnished by those in the armed forces. There are no self-styled pacifists working actively for the disarmament of the police or agitating for the armed forces to be disbanded. Thus, content to exercise force by proxy, the pacifist is also typically a hypocrite.
These protestors only seem to have a problem with a free people fighting to remain free or fighting to free someone else.
I saw an interesting bumper sticker the other day:
"I'm already against the next war"
Kind of sums up the pacifist mentality. When nothing is worth fighting for, you're left with nothing.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
--John Stuart Mill
Great article! I know a couple of pacifists that I would like to knock some sense into.