Saturday, November 05, 2005
Do violent protests get results? Yes, of course they do. I'm thinking in particular of a little protest started a while ago that kicked off formally with the opening words, "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..."
And yet, according to the cnn.com poll today, at least when I checked it, over 60% of the people voting think that violent protests get no results whatsover. Again, we may not like that method, as I do not, but we cannot help but acknowledge the law of cause and effect. To not do so makes us little better than the ostrich.
Your question reminds me of a bit of dialogue from Heinlein's Starship Troopers, a controversial novel not done justice by the abysmal movie that ripped it off.
"My mother says that violence never solves anything."
"So? I'm sure the city fathers of Carthage would be glad to know that. Why doesn't your mother tell them so? Or why don't you?
"You're making fun of me! Everybody knows that Carthage was destroyed!"
"You seem to be unaware of it. Since you do know it, wouldn't you say that violence had settled their affairs rather thoroughly?"