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Stephen of Wimbledon's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by Stephen of Wimbledon

In response to Comment 10.

Dear Professor,

As an ex-serviceman I obviously hold a different view.

I am a big supporter of the Ghandi way - protest and be silent. Even Winston Churchill said "Jaw-jaw is better than war-war."

But if my life has amounted to anything, so far, then it is to the realisation that one has to be ready to make the necessary sacrifices in order to deal with some people. Some people will not listen, will not discuss, will not compromise.

When this happens on both sides, conflict may prove endless. The Middle East is the most obvious, the most pressing, example.

Even though I consider myself approachable, flexible, compassionate and friendly there are things I won't compromise. Sooner or later we either draw a line in the sand, or give ourselves up to slavery.

In the very comfortable lives we live, in the 'West', it is asking a lot. But there are no holidays, no respite.

"Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won - you earn it, and win it, in every generation." Coretta Scott King

It took me a long time to realise that reason, enlightenment and peace are under constant threat - that when I left the Royal Air Force my struggle, in the political sense, had only just begun. But after Mr. Blair had been in power for a while I realised three things: 1. You are never too old to enter (re-enter?) the struggle. 2. "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." (Plato) 3. The sacrifice really is worth it.

This next comment is not aimed at you, dear Professor. You are clearly playing your part. What will it take to motivate and galvanise the average Westerner to a realisation of the danger that they are in, and that the time for passive observation is past?

Peace.

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 12:24:59 UTC | #574022