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  •  What's so bad about pacifism? (1+ / 0-)
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    Geez, not being one is a badge of honor around here...

    "Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die," - Buddha.

    by sujigu on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:26:03 AM PST

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    •  No problem w/pacifism here :-) (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm a pacifist, even though I was in the military.  Wanna argue about it?  I'll punch you in the nose.  /snark

      Seriously, though, Butler was one of the first commanders to openly acknowledge that, for all intents and purposes, his role was mercenary in nature for the corporate collective that serves as the U.S. government.  He didn't have a problem with being a warrior; he just did so with his eyes open.

      "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

      by Richard Cranium on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:14:03 AM PST

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      •  In his pamphlet, it seems that he didn't really (0+ / 0-)

        Have them opened until he retired.

        For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

        "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

        by Bisbonian on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:04:33 PM PST

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