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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Mark of Cowards

Two years ago this space dealt with Remembrance Day and the insulting "White Poppy Brigade". The cowards are at it again.  And I do mean cowards in every sense of the word.  These people are not simply declaring their love of peace, as they claim.  To do so is not difficult or controversial, and is only insulting to tyrants and murderers.  The white poppy, however, marks the wearer as one who wants peace at any cost.  They will accept rape, slavery, even a holocaust, if they can only have peace.

Their cowardice is not even normal; that is to say, it is not the understandable aversion to danger, discomfort, and death that all of us have.  It is not the inability of some to do the hard, unpleasant, terrifying thing when it must be done.  No, their cowardice is complete.  It is a deliberate refusal to accept reality.  This type of fool will never acknowledge that the only way to avoid slavery is to fight for freedom.  They will never admit that evil must be resisted.  They can never face this simple truth: that our world is and will always be governed by the use of force.  The problem is not that they don't like war and are afraid to fight. The problem is their refusal to accept that war could ever be necessary.

Edmund Burke is perhaps most famous for "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  The white poppy marks the wearer as one who is determined, regardless of circumstance, to do precisely nothing, even in the face of evil.  Such people are beneath contempt.

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