Hitler and pacifism
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.