07 Nov 06
The Atrocities Continue
The death sentence against Saddam is another tragical chapter in the history of 'free' Iraq. The US has overthrown a violent regime with even more violence. And now the bloodshed has continued for over three years. The primitive lust for killing is to be found among the ranks of both the occupied and the occupants, high and low.
And of course, it feels ridiculous for me to sit here and say anything about the whole thing. I have absolutely nothing to offer. The one single matter I can support while just sitting here is the absolute abstension of violence. I wholeheartedly do. And no, that's not a laughing matter, although it sounds funny. In my opinion, there ARE far too few principled pacifists around. It seems the whole idea is close to extinct.
The left often sympathizes with violent popular movements, waging war against a violent oppressor. Even the most dovish fractions of the political establishment don't argue against violently defending our democratic societies from an attacker. But it's easy to be a pacifist between wars.
And it's also easy to refer to World War II when arguing that war can be justified. But the rise of Hitler and the war in Europe was a massive, massive failure of the workers movements, who fell victims to nationalist propaganda instead of adhering to peaceful principles and solidarity.
written by Mattias