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"Pacifism: The Ultimate Immorality

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"Pacifism: The Ultimate Immorality

Written by Raymond Kraft
Tuesday, July 25, 2006

 

 

Last week, Jack and Jill Pacifisto were walking home through the park after dinner with friends, during which they had spent a few hours discussing the immorality of violence and war and their commitments to send more money to progressive activists over the next year. Suddenly, Tony Thug stepped out of the shadows and pointed a pistol at Jack and said, Give me your wallet, and, pointing the gun at Jill, Your purse.

 

 

 

What? asked Jack, incredulous, Hey, we dont want any trouble.  Were pacifists.  We arent going to hurt you.

 

 

 

Not my problem, said Tony, Gimme your money.

 

 

 

So Jack and Jill did, and then Tony said, And now gimme your watches, rings, jewelry, everything worth anything.

 

 

 

Hey, said Jill, This is my wedding ring!

 

 

 

And Tony said, Not my problem.

 

 

 

Jack and Jill handed over their wallet, and purse, and all their jewelry and Rolex watches, and then Tony shot them both twice in the chest and picked up the loot and stepped back into the shadows.

 

 

 

As Jill lay dying she whispered, Tony?  Why didnt you fight back?  Why didnt you have a gun?  Those were her last words.

 

 

 

I couldnt, whispered Tony.  Im a pacifist.  Those were his last words.

 

 

 

A few days later, Bill Thaxton and his wife were walking home through the park after dinner, when Tony Thug stepped out of the shadows.

 

 

 

Give me your wallet, your purse, said Tony, pointing his gun first at Bill, and then at his wife.  He did not know that Bill was an old lawman, and had been a Marine sniper when he was young, and was active in the Single Action Shooters Society and had a concealed-carry-permit.  Tony assumed that the old man was just an old man with some money and a few credit cards in his wallet walking home from dinner.

 

 

 

Sorry, friend, I dont like guns, and I dont want any trouble, said Bill.

 

 

 

Not my problem, said Tony, Gimme your wallet, your purse, he said, waving the gun at Bills wife, Rings, watches, everything.

 

 

 

And what if I dont? asked Bill.

 

 

 

Ill shoot you both. Her first, said Tony, pointing his gun at Bills wife again.

 

 

 

Well, said Bill, Okay, honey, do what he says.

 

 

 

She tossed down her purse. Bill reached slowly for his left lapel with his right hand and then, like lightning, did a cross-draw with his left and came out blazing with his trusty little 9, nailing Tony three times.

 

 

 

As he lay on the sidewalk dying, Tony Thug was heard to mutter, Damn, I shoulda stuck with the pacifists . . .

 

 

 

An acquaintance wrote me last week to tell me proudly how he had been a pacifist since the 60s. His letter set me thinking about pacifism, which is the ultimate and vilest form of immorality.

 

 

 

If you are Hitler, or Saddam, or Osama, or Ahmadinejad, your desire to kill those you dislike is at least honest and open. You wear you hate on your sleeve and we know who and what you are. But the Pacifist wears his refusal to resist evil as if it were a badge of honor, and claims it as a sign of his or her absolute moral superiority. The Hitlers and Osamas are at least honest about who they are, the Pacifist is notNot even to himself.

 

 

 

The German Pastor Martin Niemoller wrote a poem circa 1946 about the quiescence of German intellectuals in the face of the Nazi rise to power that has become famous.  Translated, it reads:

 

 

 

    When they locked up the social democrats,

 

    I remained silent,

 

    I was not a social democrat.

 

 

 

    When they came for the trade unionists

 

    I did not speak out,

 

    I was not a trade unionist.

 

 

 

    When they came for the Jews

 

    I did not speak out,

 

    I was not a Jew.

 

 

 

    When they came for me

 

    there was no one left to speak out.

 

 

The Pacifist says something like this, but, unlike Niemoller, without apology.  He says:

 

 

 

    When you come for my allies

 

    I will not fight you,

 

    for I am a Pacifist.

 

 

 

    When you come for my countrymen

 

    I will not fight you,

 

    for I am a Pacifist.

 

 

 

    When you come for my neighbor,

 

    I will not fight you,

 

    for I am a Pacifist.

 

 

 

    When you come for my mother,

 

    my father, my brother,

 

    my sister, I will not fight you,

 

    for I am a Pacifist.

 

 

 

    When you come for my wife,

 

    my husband, my son,

 

    my daughter, I will not fight you,

 

    for I am a Pacifist.

 

 

 

    When you come for me,

 

    I will not fight you,

 

    for I am a Pacifist.

 

 

The Pacifist claims that he (or she) is too good to fight against evil, and this is the catastrophic intellectual and moral failure of Pacifism. In the guise of being too good to oppose evil, the Pacifist invokes the ultimate immorality by aiding and abetting and encouraging evil, on the pretext of being too pure, too wise, too sophisticated to fight evil, thereby turning the pretense of goodness and purity into an invocation and license for evil to act without opposition. 

 

 

 

The moral stance of the Pacifist is, unwittingly perhaps, homicidal, genocidal, fratricidal, suicidal.  The Pacifist says, in effect: There is nothing good worth fighting for. And there is nothing so evil worth fighting against.

 

 

 

The Pacifist is willing to give evil free reign, because he or she thinks or feels that fighting against evil is even worse than evil itself . . . an intellectual and moral equivocation of monumentally staggering proportions. In order to be a Pacifist, one must hold that Nazism or Islamism or Communism or any other puritanical totalitarian ideology that seeks to slaughter or oppress all the Jews or all of any other race or tribe is no worse, is not morally inferior, to the existence of Jews and Judaism, or whatever other race or tribe is the whipping boy of the day.

 

 

 

To be a Pacifist, one must hold that acquiescence to a Jihad that seeks to destroy Western Civilization is no worse than Western Civilization, even though the Jihad seeks to extinguish intellectual freedom, religious freedom, political freedom, and ultimately even the freedom to be a Pacifist.

 

 

 

As the English philosopher Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The Pacifist replies, I am so good that I will do nothing, I will hurt no one, even if that means that good will be destroyed and evil will win.  I am so peaceful that I will not discriminate between the goodness of good and the badness of evil, certainly not with enough conviction to take up arms, literally or figuratively, against the triumph of evil over good, of totalitarianism over freedom, of barbarianism over civilization.

 

 

 

And so the Pacifist, perhaps unthinkingly, unwittingly, mistakenly, is deeply mired in his intellectual confusion, but surely and unequivocally, the epitome of evil itself, For the Pacifist devoutly believes that by refusing to fight against evil he is affirming that he is good, too good and pure to oppose evil, too good and pure to fight evil, to good and pure to kill evil. But in the end, he is the enabler without whom the triumph of evil would not be possible.

About the Writer: Raymond Kraft is a lawyer and writer living and working in Northern California.  "

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Comments

1.
Rick GComment by Rick G - October 30, 2006, 5:28 pm
I see the point and understand what you are saying but I disagree in one respect. If an entity initiates violence then the receiver should respond appropriately to the violence. If there is no violence initiated and no receiver of that violence then there is no cause for violence. The initiator of violence is always the guilty party.

For example, if the police respond to a bar fight the first question they ask is who threw the first punch. They don't ask who was right or who was wrong. The initiation of violence is the key to determining who was right or who was wrong.

Let's take a real-time example. The US initiated violence against Iraq. The US was not attacked by Iraq. The Iraqis in turn are responding to the initiation of violence.

Going back to the bar fight example, you cannot initiate violence against a fellow patron because he has big muscles or an evil look or a suspicious bulge in his coat pocket.

A true pacifist is one who does not initiate violence but responds to it in kind. If everyone practiced true pacifism there would be no need for response and subsequent retalliation.

This post equates pacifism to lying down in a fetal position and getting the crap kicked out of you. Hizzoner JC might have said to turn the other cheek, but I'm not going to do it and I consider myself a pacifist.

Maybe we all have different definitions.
2.
Rick GComment by Rick G - October 30, 2006, 5:43 pm
Added note....In the example above, Bill Thaxton is actually a pacifist. He was the receiver of violence and he put a stop to it against he and his wife and any future potential victims. He was defending pacifism. He is a pacifist. Jack and Jill were not because they did not defend their principle.

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