20 August, 2006

Townhall.com::Pacifists versus peace::By Thomas Sowell

Townhall.com::Pacifists versus peace::By Thomas Sowell:
"Take the Middle East. People are calling for a cease-fire in the interests of peace. But there have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than anywhere else. If cease-fires actually promoted peace, the Middle East would be the most peaceful region on the face of the earth instead of the most violent.

Was World War II ended by cease-fires or by annihilating much of Germany and Japan? Make no mistake about it, innocent civilians died in the process. Indeed, American prisoners of war died when we bombed Germany.

There is a reason why General Sherman said 'war is hell' more than a century ago. But he helped end the Civil War with his devastating march through Georgia -- not by cease fires or bowing to 'world opinion' and there were no corrupt busybodies like the United Nations to demand replacing military force with diplomacy."


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