The one war that almost everyone considers justified was World War 2 because of the horrific nature of Hitler and the Nazis - though as a Quaker I can not find a justification for any war. I truly feel the loss of that of God within of people I should have known but did not because of the war. Has not the pages of history told us that appeasement in the era of 1933-1939 was a mistake? If the democratic nations of the world taken a harder line on
How is Hamas different from the Nazis? As far as I can tell the only difference is that Aryan is replaced with Islam. Hamas is hardcore facist. Hamas is racist. Hamas is opposed to freedom of the press, freedom of association, freedom of religion and all the other basic freedoms that people in more and more countries around the world accept as the basis of an open and modern society.
With the end of the Soviet bloc and the coldwar the UN and global community should have acted to change how the world is viewed. From 1945 to 1990 the existence of two superpower blocks meant that the UN had to acquiesce to human rights abuses within the dictatorships of the world or face the danger of a war that would have been beyond anyone's imagination. Now that this time has passed and there is one global superpower the threat of Armageddon has passed. The UN has to make a major shift, it has to place democracy and human rights at the forefront. It has to adopt as a mandate the end of all dictatorships and create an international process to destroy all racism and racist groups.
The UN needs to make it clear that there is no space in the UN for any nations but democracies. The UN needs to demand that all nations that are members are democratic, those not acting in a democratic manner should be expelled. Nations that have serious flaws in their democracy must be suspended. The UN Human Rights Commission must only have as members nations that protect human rights within their constitution and also act on this.
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After 1945, how can anyone expect Jews to ever accept not fighting back? This is a matter of life or death for them. What they learned in World War 2 was that no one was going to come to their aid. Then in the numerous wars the Arab neighbours started, the Jews discovered again that they had one coming to their aid. For a small nation with a small population surrounded by nations are groups actively calling for the extermination of Israel there are few options other than hitting their enemy hard enough to make them stop.
And how would I act? Could I remain a pacifist if there were nations wanting to kill me and my family for simply existing? My hope is that my faith would be strong enough to endure this, but I know that the very thought of someone harming my children arouses such rage within me that I doubt my ability to keep to my path of pacifism.
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