Hitler and paci­fism

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

How ironic that Al­lan Bloom­field (Novem­ber 5) holds up Nazi Ger­many as an eth­i­cal ideal to which ’Ana Cof­fey should be sub­jected!

I thought the war was fought against that kind of thing.

The flip­side is that if ev­ery­one was a paci­fist, there would have been no World War I and hence no Nazi Ger­many.

I was pos­si­bly the first suc­cess­ful non-re­li­gious con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor to com­pul­sory mil­i­tary train­ing (in 1963) and I have been mulling this ques­tion through the Viet­nam War and ever since.

The truly evil Hitler is an al­most unique thorn in the side of paci­fism.

All I can say is that we should all be as pa­cific as we pos­si­bly can for as long as we can, and on the very rare oc­ca­sions when a Hitler arises, we should try ev­ery pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tive to war.

Should we have gone to war against Stalin or Mao Ze­dong, who were just as bad?

Al­lan Bloom­field should re­mem­ber that many sol­diers re­turned as paci­fists – and their let­ters in­di­cate that so were many of those who didn’t re­turn.

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