So we've got this discussion thread under my "Any questions?" article about the deaths of the Hussein boys. What exactly is the right way to play this? Photos, yea or nay? Cleaned up or au natural? These involve some tricky judgment calls.
Yet in the middle of this reality, our discussion gets took over by Jesus and pacifism. Natalie is the principle advocate of non-violence. It turns into some analysis of Mennonite vs Reformed Calvanist viewpoints.
All the WWJD speculation in this thread is nice- but has nothing to do with reality and Iraq.
The problem with the Jesus stuff is that it just isn't true. If you in fact try to follow the pacifist model, you'll just end up getting killed- like Jesus. Except that real life ain't a fairy tale, and you don't come back from the dead.
I do not say this just to hurt people's feelings or pick a fight. I say it because it is true, and because we are dealing with real life and death issues. We do not have the luxury of indulging our fantasy lives here, unless we are willing to get a lot of people killed doing so.
Now, it was all well and good for MLK to be all peaceful in his protest. He was dealing with Americans, who are basically good people. He appealed to the consciences of white people. Fortunately, they had consciences to appeal to. It's good to avoid violence where you reasonably can.
Try an appeal to conscience with a Baath party dickhead, or some Muslim radical, though. See what it gets you. [HINT: the correct answer is "shot."]