Unjust Wars / Neville Chamberlin
Doc Scatlin - You can beat yourself up about all the past "unjust" wars but you also must realize there comes a time when the evil is too obvious and too much. Are we waiting too long again? Those who think the world is becoming more civilized and rational (the Neville Chamberlains), please don't fight the courageous, who were finally able to liberate the survivors of the nazi holocaust. A more sinister holocaust is brewing today. The fear of taking on these barbarians will be replaced by a new collection of photographs of holocaust "survivors" and victims. Evil exists because we allow it to. Is it simply fear when we retreat with the excuse we must "be cautious", or it is not happening in our neighborhood? Many lives could have been saved had the fearful ones merely gotten out of the way 80 years ago...
George F. Spicka - About wars and the Neville Chamberlins: Orwell attributes mankind's need for war to a condition called "power worship." Humans crave power and worship those who obtain it. We see this throughout history in all areas of the world. In a way, western civilization is now in a catch-22. We desire a peaceful world, but as events show, it's not happening. As last century's history has shown, appeasement and isolationism in the face of tyranny is a sure way to invite disaster. Teddy Roosevelt, a "progressive" Republican had it right when he said, "Speak softly but carry a big stick!" I can imagine a future where civilization reaches a point where would be dictators can be thwarted early on, but we are not there, yet. You have to get people to change how they think about themselves and the world, and you how difficult that is.