I’ve been spending a good deal of time the last several weeks thinking about many things as I go about the business of driving my truck, and piloting the nation’s freight to where it needs to go. It’s a kind of job that certainly gives one time to do exactly that.
One of the things that I have been thinking mightily about through that period is the So called “peace movement ” in this country. If you’re reading this, most likely you agree with me that the peace movement as such has things entirely wrong. Not many of us, however, have focused on specifically why their thinking is so misguided. Allow me then, to propose a radical line of thinking, and see what you think of it:
Clearly, the peace movement in this country thinks that peace is the absence of war. That’s not true. They also think that peace can be negotiated. That is also untrue in large part. Negotiated peace very seldom lasts for very long, and usually works out to a serious disadvantage for one side or the other. A close look at North Korea, certainly the product of a negotiated peace and of an antiwar sentiment here in the United States and back in the days of the Korean war, will demonstrate that clearly. I suggest you ask the south Koreans if they think their existence has been a peaceful one since those days. I suspect that they will not.
Consider also, the negotiated peace of World War One. What was negotiated, most scholars will advise us, led directly to World War Two, which was an even bigger and bloodier conflict.
I dare to propose to you, that peace is the product of having overwhelmingly won the war, and of showing the resolve to take on all those who would disturb that peace, thus removing war as an option for them.
As examples of this, let’s look at Germany and Japan in the years following World War Two. I suspect and suppose that there are very few indeed who will complain that the actions and intentions of the German and Japanese peoples following World War Two, were anything but peaceful. Demonstrably, these two countries have been among the most peaceful countries on the planet, and have been stalwart friends of freedom. I suggest this is a direct result of having won the wars against Germany and Japan in overwhelming fashion, and showing a continued resolve to take it on any world power who decides for whatever reason to act unpeaceably.
The leftist “peace” movement in this country with its call to unconditionally separate us from our ability to respond to war making is in fact exposing us to aggressors, thereby causing more bloodshed, and certainly causing a loss of freedom throughout the world. They would have us negotiating with every ten pot dictator that comes along, in the hope of avoiding bloodshed. ( The name of Neville Chamberlain pops into mind, unbidden.)
I will leave this one as it is just now. I will ask for your comments and criticisms. I suspect, however, that my observation that peace is a product of having won the war overwhelmingly, will stand.
What say you?