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From: hempforgaia ( -
Subject: Taking a peace seminar class- some comments and questions...
Date: April 2, 2004 at 10:46 am PST

Hello everyone. I have always believed in non-violence but never
identified myself as a pacifist because the second you label yourself
you have to be able to defend yourself against everyone who wants to
challenge you and i just wasn't ready for that yet. However, now i'm
feeling like i am ready.
In my peace seminar class at my college, we've been discussing
pacifism lately and arguments for and against it.
The problem i'm having is that the class keeps falling back to ONE
argument against pacifism: How would we have taken care of Hitler or
Pol Pot without any violence? No matter how long we talk about pacifism
being such a great idea, we always come back to this. And it seems to
be making some of the other classmates' doubt whether pacifism could
really work in all circumstances.
Any comments or suggestions?

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