Sunday, August 30, 2009

Non-violent resistance or open war?

When Sons of Israel have had it in Egypt, Moshe nicely asked Pharaoh to let his people go briefly mentioning God vindictive temper. This had little effect. Spooky stuff like frogs falling from the sky and other minor nature disasters were by far more effective. 

So let me ask you, dear readers, how you pursue someone to let go? Do you take Mahatma Gandi approach of peaceful resistance or you go to war asking God to be on your side. 

Here is my answer. I believe the one should always seek peace and pursue peace (בקש שלום ורדפהו). Love mixed with determination can change the world. On the other hand, if your enemy has one and only goal and it is to kill you (remember this famous scene from "Independence Day" where the alien whispers to the President of Unites States: "Die, die!"), then there is no point in negotiating and no point in non-violent resistance. This is not going to work. The enemy will crush you with force and you will die as a hero. You will have no choice but to go to war.

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country, said George S. Patton.

Would like to know your opinion on the above.


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    In all the history of the world, there has been no war which has ended in a mutual decision to make peace.

    There have been wars where both sides destroyed each other. More often, one side pummels the other into complete submission. Then there's peace.

  2. Isn't it odd though that sometimes good war is better than a bad peace.

  3. A good end is the best thing of all. A good war brings that. A bad peace prolongs its arrival.