It seems that pacifism often leads to warfare. The classic example is Neville Chamberlain the British Prime Minister leading up to German aggression in WWII. ‘Peace’ movements and pacifism only work if both sides are willing to abide by the rules. It seems to me that many in the peace movement sphere today are deluded into thinking that their vision for peace is shared by all sides. As Sowell points out we need to be aware of what is rhetoric, and what is reality. Peace at any cost is not peace, just ignorance.
Thomas Sowell writes:
One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.
“Peace” movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called “peace” movements — that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war. Read More.