Monday, October 1, 2007

A gruesome lesson for admirers of Gandhi

Pacifists never tire of invoking Gandhi’s example as a non-violent model for bringing about change. His apparent success has attracted many followers.

But, as commenters on this post by Kathy Shaidle point out, Gandhi’s tactics worked because his opponents were decent, civilized people to begin with, the British. This comment by ‘The Phantom’ provides a pointer to a rather gruesome illustration of what happens when this is not the case.

It goes without saying that the Burmese example of the use of pacifism would yield similar results against the Taliban.

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