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The Pleasures of Assassination ^ | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 12/30/2007 8:35:43 PM PST by ventanax5

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To: SierraWasp
Well,...I agree...searching for something ..came up with this:

The Courageous Act of Civil Disobedience


Ghandi pointed out three possible responses to oppression and injustice. One he described as the coward's way: "To accept the wrong or run away from it. The second option was to stand and fight by force of arms." Gandhi said, "This was better than acceptance or running away." But the third way, he said, "was best of all and required the most courage to stand and fight solely by non-violent means."

When a government violates its own laws - the rights guaranteed to the citizens by its Constitution, when a government violates international law, specifically violating international treaties and covenants it has signed and ratified and thereby agreed to uphold, the people themselves have the right, indeed the responsibility, to uphold the law themselves. The history of civil disobedience, as enshrined in the essays of Henry Thoreau and the leadership of Frederick Douglas, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela, instruct that when a nation violates the rule of law and tramples upon the rights of man, it is incumbent upon the people themselves to not accept the wrong and not fight by force of arms but to fight solely by non-violent means.

61 posted on 12/31/2007 9:45:29 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: okie01
Hey! You know what, okie01, this is just intellectual masturbation, an entire pantload of pure sophistry!!!

Sorry, but I just don't have time to entertain any further discussion of this exercise in futility!!!

62 posted on 12/31/2007 9:46:29 AM PST by SierraWasp (Too much religion mixed with politics just leads the participants into too much hate & discontent!!!)
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To: MinuteGal

I wasn’t putting the good doctor down. Au contraire, I was pointing out in a light-hearted way that I didn’t think he had some kind of radical agenda as some posters seemed to suspect.

Happy New Year!

63 posted on 12/31/2007 5:19:25 PM PST by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: liege

“It was demon possession.”

Probably the most accurate answer...

64 posted on 12/31/2007 5:21:08 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Why go off topic?”

By merely asking me this question you are as guilty as I.

65 posted on 12/31/2007 9:13:03 PM PST by Dave Elias
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