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think of militarists as exalting military virtues / symbols, being
comfortable following orders and with the military chain of command,
advocating military preparedness, being the first to call for war, etc.
and I think of myself as one with some hesitancy! While I don't
doubt that waging modern war is the ultimate technological solution to
problems essentially based on disputes between people, I know that great
military leaders can nonetheless prefer diplomacy and see war as something
to be avoided.
think of pacifists as 1) opposed to using guns, war, violence to settle
disputes and 2) preferring use of non-violent means to fight evil—
rather than vengeance, capital punishment, etc—and
I call myself one with some hesitancy! While I see fighting violence
with more violence as both morally wrong /contradictory, and don't believe
good can come out of evil, I worry that if evil is not punished, not
countered with strong action, then more evil will result. (Note: avoiding
war through diplomacy, something pacifists applaud, is the ultimate
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