This has been bugging me for a while.
When Obama gave his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize (most everyone has already noted the irony of this prize in the same month he escalated a war) he said the following.
“As someone who stands here as a consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there’s nothing weak, nothing passive, nothing naïve in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King. But as a head of state, sworn to protect and defend my nation I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is. I cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake, evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitlers armys. Negotiations cannot convince Al Quieda’s leaders to lay down their arms.” (Video below)
1) Gandhi was actually asked about whether or not he thought Hitler could be dealt with using non-violent means. He said he thought Hitler could have been dealt with non-violently, although it would have taken a lot of lives and manpower.
2) Obama basically said, “yeah, I really look up to these guys but I live in the real world, I have to deal with the problems of evil.” Really?! You’re going to sit there and tell me that Gandhi didn’t understand the evils of imperialist oppression? You’re going to tell me that Martin Luther King didn’t have a realistic understanding of the evils of Racism? Seriously?!
No, Mr. Obama, it is you who does not understand the problem of evil. Evil is not dealt with by using more evil. You are never going to win peace at the end of a gun, especially in Afghanistan. If there is anywhere in the world that history has shown us that every new war simply causes evil to take a new shape, it’s Afghanistan.
By in large I like the president, but on this one, he’s just plain wrong.