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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 07:22 PM
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219. To be fair, weapons are not required. Sometimes, an unarmed person
can make a very dramatic statement. In Tiananmen Square, for example, the image of the young man standing down a tank is an image that resonated around the world. In Vietnam, the Buddhist monk who immolated himself is an image that captured the frustration of many with the situation there.

In both cases, the bravery of the two individuals was monumental and their acts had impact that went far beyond someone throwing a molotov cocktail or shooting someone.

The unarmed protester who is willing to risk all for the cause is a hero. There have been many examples in history where such an act symbolized the commitment of those who sought changes.

So, I would never ask what weapons a person was bringing to the streets. I would ask whether they were, in fact, actually going to go to the streets. When I do, I rarely get an answer, though.

I was not able to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Dr. King. Only a few people were able to do so, so the rest of us crossed later and stood to hear him speak in Montgomery. Dr. King was another of the non-violent heroes of a movement which succeeded, albeit long after he was murdered. No, I would never criticize the non-violent protester. I will, however, openly criticize the non-protester who says, "Let's you and him fight." For that person, I have no respect whatsoever.
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