Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Revolutionary QOTD:
From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence - and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified.

-Gloria Steinem.

I'm not sure when she said this, but it is certainly relevant today. The condemnation and justification are made almost in the same breath with absolutely no irony. It is startling how similar the rhetoric is on both sides of a conflict. Any conflict today or throughout history. With one side accusing the other of being evil, claiming that they themselves are righteous and have god on their side. And that the other side's violence justifies their violent response. In that way the violence perpetuates itself and it rarely ever settles any issue for good.

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