Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Flowers not guns

Kathz (at Beeston Quakers) has posted about the new "Before you sign up" website, which I was looking for to put in yesterday's peace post. Thanks Kathz. It explains the pros and cons of joining the army, and was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. It's a good idea.

The bottom line for me would be that I don't think I could actually kill anyone. Also, violence just propagates more violence. The best tools of resistance are non-cooperation. And if the other side has more resources than you, it's the only option (I'm thinking of Gandhi's satyagraha here, and the Portuguese Carnation Revolution, where the Salazar regime was peacefully overturned with the deaths of only four protestors).

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