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Peace Blend | Peace Blend: Pacifism and defence of Justice
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thanks Harvey, good point. But what about when the war was already started? Then was it right to fight Hitler? I guess it's not for me to judge that but it does seem important and relavent today with all our wars. To what extent if at all can a pacifist takes sides and for what reasons? Can a pacifist defend him/herself using violence short of killing? What about others? Can a pacifist kill to prevent 100 people from being murdered? What about 1000? Or do pacifists beleive God will prevent such scenarios? I'd like to agree with pacifism sometimes, but I do have these questions, and I also find that what I believe in my head is sometimes superceded by feelings when it comes to war. Thanks again for your previous post, a very good point.

Lois

6/5/2002 4:05:00 PM
Peace Blend | Peace Blend: Pacifism and defence of Justice
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WW II is a difficult issue for pacifists, but the more important question is why there weren't more people in a predominantly Christian country like Germany willing to resist the kind of militarism and racism espoused by Hitler before that war even began? If all Christians just said no to war as an acceptable means of solving conflicts, what a difference that would make in the world's history.


Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802 USA
5/30/2002 11:52:00 AM
Peace Blend | Peace Blend: Pacifism and defence of Justice
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Hi! I was just wondering about what Mennonites believe on the subject of WW11. I read some of the Peace Blend stuff, but it didn't seem to have anything directly dealing with the issue of whether it was important to stop Hitler. I really like the idea of pacifism, and am tempted to just be a pacifist without finding out more, but it's more reasonable to hear exactly what it is first. So, with the Hitler thing: I think it was important to stop him. But I don't like the idea of war. the practice of appeasement didn't work. So what do people who know more about this than me say?
Also, what about violence, without killing, when one is attacked? If someone is trying to rape a woman, doesn't she have the right to fight her attacker? I dont' agree with killing the attacker, even if he's trying to shoot the victim, if the victim is a Christian. For non-Christians the threat of death is far worse. I can't say what'd be right for them.



5/22/2002 9:59:00 PM
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