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Old June 22, 2012, 03:55 PM   #21
Gary L. Griffiths
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Join Date: April 7, 2000
Location: AZ, WA
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I really think that 9/11 was probably the turning point.
I agree, but not entirely for the stated reasons. 9/11 was a major wakeup call for those who believed that if we were unoffensive and unarmed, that we would be left alone. All of a sudden pacifism was seen as a path to destruction, not a path to moral superiority.
Violence is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and valorous feeling which believes that nothing is worth violence is much worse. Those who have nothing for which they are willing to fight; nothing they care about more than their own personal safety; are miserable creatures who have no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of those better than themselves. Gary L. Griffiths, Chief Instructor, Advanced Force Tactics, Inc. (Paraphrasing John Stuart Mill)
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