Can a pacifist support the troops?
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 91 19:50:12 EST
I am a pacifist. I am also in the Military. Sounds pretty unlikely,
Sounds pretty impossible. Let me explain.
If you define vegetarian as people who eat meals with no meat in them,
then nearly everyone is a vegetarian. If you define pacifist as
someone who doesn't like war, then nearly everyone is a pacifist. If
you define white as the color of any surface capable of reflecting
light, then anything but black is white. But with those definitions,
the words become so all-inclusive as to be meaningless.
A vegetarian is someone who never eats meat. A pacifist is someone who
never goes to war. White is the color of any surface that reflects all
A very good precedent for such a tactic exists. In August of 1945, the
dropping of the first atomic weapons on Japan prevented the eventual
costly invasion of the Japanese home islands (MacArthur said that the US
would sustain 1,000,000 killed and wounded--Japanese casualties were
predicted to number over 3,000,000). Here too, we sacrificed thousands
to save literal millions. The atomic bomb saved lives.
People who have studied that issue for quite a while come to different
conclusions. Even the President's Commission decided that the using of
the atomic bomb was only part of the reason Japan surrendered. I suspect
from your .edu address that you're in school. I also suspect that you're in
a ROTC program. I'd suggest to your ROTC instructors that they haven't been
telling you the whole truth, which is to say they haven't been telling the
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