Non-violence cannot tackle terrorism: Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.
I define terrorist tactics as any tactic that creates terror on the civilian population.
Terrorism should never be considered an acceptable form of warfare because it violates the rules of warfare (Geneva convention, and other treaties) that were put in place in order to protect civilian women and children from the horrors of war (something both combatants seek).
Everyone knows that war is hell. Here we are in the 21st century and we still haven't eradicated war from this planet. So, if war is hell and we haven't been able to eliminate war, then the next best logical option is to try and constrain and contain it. All combatants agree on this and thus drafted treaties in order to achieve this goal.
Terrorism is also bad in that it dehumanizes the population that condones and sustains terror tactics. Terrorism can only be sustained if the civilian population can be brain washed into offering up their sons and daughters as sacrificial lambs. I can't think of a single cause that would make me want to martyr my children.
Some people like to blame some things on Global Warming, but if you just say that the terrorists are responsible for global warming, then you have just simplified the debate.
Some people want to blame Obama for stuff but he's a terrorist so...
Mr. Derfner began that post by stating:I think a lot of people who realize that the occupation is wrong also realize that the Palestinians have the right to resist it — to use violence against Israelis, even to kill Israelis, especially when Israel is showing zero willingness to end the occupation, which has been the case since the Netanyahu government took over (among other times in the past). But people don’t want to say this, especially right after a terror attack like this last one that killed eight Israelis near Eilat.After suggesting that terrorist attacks by Palestinians make it harder for Israelis who oppose the occupation to be heard, Mr. Derfner argued: But if, on the other hand, we were to say very forthrightly what many of us believe and the rest of us suspect — that the Palestinians, like every nation living under hostile rule, have the right to fight back, that their terrorism, especially in the face of a rejectionist Israeli government, is justified — what effect would that have? A powerful one, I think, because the truth is powerful. If those who oppose the occupation acknowledged publicly that it justifies Palestinian terrorism, then those who support the occupation would have to explain why it doesn’t. And that’s not easy for a nation that sanctifies the right to self-defense; a nation that elected Irgun leader Menachem Begin and Lehi leader Yitzhak Shamir as prime minister. But while I think the Palestinians have the right to use terrorism against us, I don’t want them to use it, I don’t want to see Israelis killed, and as an Israeli, I would do whatever was necessary to stop a Palestinian, oppressed or not, from killing one of my countrymen. (I also think Palestinian terrorism backfires, it turns people away from them and generates sympathy for Israel and the occupation, so I’m against terrorism on a practical level, too, but that’s besides the point.)
Terrorism has not forced Israel to capitulate in the 40 years. In the last "mini war," Israel lost 13 people and Palestinians lost around 1300. Gorilla warfare is far more effective than terrorism. Hamas should change tactics.
People who believe that we can use non-violence to destroy terrorism have a 12th grade language grade level, they use a lot of long words to get their point across but.... people, still, would rather shoot them and get it over with ;)
But hey..., don't take my word for it:
Lets have a look at the evidence:
- No Christmas
- No television
- No nude women
- No football
- No pork chops
- No hot dogs
- No burgers
- No beer
- No bacon
- Rags for clothes
- Folded sheets for hats (probably why they are called little sheet heads ;)
- Constant wailing from someone in a tower
- More than one wife
- More than one mother in law
- You can't shave
- Your wife can't shave
- You can't wash off the smell of donkey
- You cook over burning camel shit
- Your wife is picked by someone else for you
Then they tell you that "when you die, it all gets better"? Well no wonder!.... It's not like it could get much worse!!!
Mousa Abu Marzook is one of the founders of Hamas and its deputy political bureau chief. He was born in Gaza and lived in the United States for 14 years.... and he's NOT happy.
This idea is brilliant. I don't know why no one has thought about it before. The Jihadists are promised 70 virgins if they die attacking the Western World. I say we up the ante to a 150 virgins if they do not attack the Western World. That's more than double what they are being offered by the radicals.
The purpose of the right to bear arms is to democratize power. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Freedom consists of the distribution of power and despotism consists of the concentration of power. Power concentrated in the hands of the few will create a world which we will not want. If guns are broadly distributed so that everybody would have their own gun — then if somebody did try to do something really terrible, then the collective will of others could overcome that bad actor.The same can be said for companies that want to control our food supply (Monsanto) or given exclusive rights to genetic engineering, etc.
For example, the ACLU is the poster child of an excessively open mind. They once filed a law suit on behalf of NAMBLA. Now, if that isn't evidence that their brains fell out, I don't know what is ;)