Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

A Rattlesnake will Bite a Pacifist

People show courage in many ways: Some on the battlefield; and some on the peace field. Tom Fox was one of those on the peace field, and he died a tough death for his convictions. Fox was a member of the activist peace group Christian Peacemaker Teams. He was apparently a pacifist since he was known to worship at a Quaker meeting house. Fox was a pro-Palestinian activist and active in Iraq as well. He was kidnapped in Iraq, tortured and killed. His body was recovered Thursday.

There are two lessons to be learned. First, just because you are a pacifist does not mean that you are on the right side of the equation. If Fox was truly a pacifist working for peace by attempting to solve problems, he would not have been pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. But, he wasn’t. He chose the side of terrorists with an avowed agenda of wiping the nation of Israel off the map.

The second lesson is that a pacifist working for the interests of Islamofascists does not get a get-out-of-jail-free card. Not only was Fox murdered by those he strove to assist, he was tortured. Pacifism may well have its place, but it won’t work with a rattlesnake. You are going to get bit.
I’d honor Fox for his courage, but his courage was foolhardy. Perhaps he wanted to be a martyr. But then again, if you want to be a martyr, it is not really martyrdom, it is suicide.

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