works so well
Passive resistance vs. terrorism
By Jerry Quill
March 17, 2004
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice
is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it
ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to
humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding. It seeks
to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because
it thrives on hatred rather than love. -- Martin Luther
Terrorism has proven to be a complete failure as
a means to achieving any kind of political justice. Militarily
it does not destroy enough equipment
that can't be replaced through normal production. The deaths of military
personal, while tragic are not sufficient to diminish troop levels. Civilian
deaths do not come close to normal birth rates. Terrorism fails as a tactical
As a symbolic gesture it also fails. History has
proven over and over again that terrorism hardens the resolve of
its victims. Present Israeli military
is in direct response to Hamas and Hizbullah tactics. The war on terrorism
was wholly predictable. The symbolic parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor
significant because al-Qaeda will most likely suffer the fate of the Imperialist
Terrorist acts also sully the reputation of the
people on whose behalf the acts were committed. The Spanish inquisition
still stains Christianity to
day. The acts of al-Qaeda and its supporters will tarnish Islam for centuries
to come. Violence and butchery in the name of God is repulsive to any sane
person who takes one step back from the emotion of the moment.
On the other hand, passive resistance has proven
to be an extremely potent weapon for the advancement of social
justice. It brought independence to
India, an end
to apartheid in America and South Africa, democracy to Poland and thwarted
a dictatorial coup in Russia. All the while terrorism has done absolutely
nothing for Palestinians. Terrorism is a creation of man. It clearly
violates the standards
of God. This is the reason it is never successful. Passive resistance
is the course God offers us to uphold his standards while achieving
why it works so well.
No Israel government could withstand the political
pressure brought on by non-violent Palestinian protests. Like all
democracies, Israel is
reactionary and passive
resistance combined with a just cause is beyond Israel's power
to defy. But the minute some kid picks up a rock, the whole thing goes
out the window.
Israel claims "We will not negotiate will terrorists" Remove
the terrorists and you've neutralized the Israeli army.
failure of terrorism is so obvious the question is why would any
logical person or group engage in it? It's because terrorism does
serve a real purpose: To maintain injustice.
and Israeli peace would expose the fact that the Syrian military's
real purpose is to oppress Syrians. Bashar al-Assad has to betray
Palestinians by promoting violence to stay in power. The extermination
of the Palestinians
is immoral and impractical. The extermination of the Jews is immoral
and impractical. Therefore a peacefully negotiated settlement is
the only logical and moral answer.
A settlement, which any thinking individual can see, would have
been reached decades ago if not for terrorism. The war on Israel
sham. The Middle Eastern dictatorial elite have condemned the
Palestinian people to perpetual exile to satisfy their lust for
In Iraq violence is being used to frustrate
democracy in an attempt to return to Baathist brutal rule. The
claims of resistance
illogical and dishonest
because the creation of a health viable democracy is the
fastest path to American withdrawal.
Saudi Arabia fosters terrorist doctrine within its
educational system, and financially supports terrorist groups.
Then it spends
funds on a military
against the enemy it deliberately created but in reality its
forces are used to squelch any internal dissent to dictatorial
Iran supports and sponsors terror against Israel
then uses a threat from Israel as a pretext to maintain a vast
is uses not
but against Iranian citizens.
The dedication of the Iranian democratic movement
to passive resistance is wholly honorable. A successful transition
non-violence will be
a guiding light for all of humanity in the future not to
mention the pride it will shine on Persian culture for
mean one less
in the back of Palestinians.
The only problems I see with the current movement
are organization and exposure. The just cause is there.
America had Martin Luther King Jr. South Africa
had Nelson Mandela. India had Gandhi. Iranian democracy needs to
lift up one leader
that all can
who can foster a strong commitment to non-violence
the whole movement. It also needs a singular realistic
that the world can
see is logical
to implement. Unified leadership and direction are
As far as exposure, I would not rule out pooling
funds from pro-democracy groups to hire a professional media
company that would
to advance democratic principles to those living
in Iran, to organize and promote pro-democracy rallies
governments and the UN for
moral and financial support and to raise new funds
to support the movement. And
most importantly, to effectively expose globally
the hypocrisy and tyranny in Iran's present dictatorship.
The same people
that run Western political
campaigns could be beneficial. In America, Media
consultants help the peaceful transition of power every 4 years.
Bringing the gallant
struggle for freedom
by the Iranians to the daily front pages of the
world's media can be accomplished. We live in the 21st century;
bring 21st century technology to bear.
The world's dictatorships are under siege. The
morality and wisdom of democracy and universal
is becoming clear. Tyrants will
not die easy, but their promise of continued
persecution and enslavement cannot stand up to the forces of
respect and personal
Freedom will win in the
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