Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 23, 2013

Reality: World is a violent place


— Let me begin by saying that I completely respect the rights of Americans to stand up for what they believe in. With that being said, I hope the same respect would be extended to me and my comments regarding the recent anti-war protest on Wednesday.

Wanting to live in world of peace and understanding is a fine thought. But that is where it stops, a “thought.” The reality is that the world just doesn’t work that way. It never has and most likely never will. There are times when diplomacy just doesn’t work. That’s not an opinion, but a fact.

In response to Mr. Beachy’s comment that “During World War II, if they spent all that money doing good and helping the poor instead of on a war, it would be a different world now.” I will agree that the world would very different now. Who knows what Europe, Asia and the South Pacific would look like? Who knows how many Jewish people would have been murdered in total? But I guess we’ll never know because we didn’t spend that dark period of history “doing good.”

As I said before, I respect people and their views even when they differ from mine. But I would encourage them to pick up a history book and find the chapter that talks about how if we had just talked to King George III how things would have worked out so much better. Or the chapter about how if North and South could have just given diplomacy another try. I’m almost sure there is a chapter on World War II and how it would have been better to just “talk” to madmen bent on world domination. Lastly, I’m almost sure there is a new chapter being written on terrorists who just want to come to the table and work out our differences. Sound a little crazy? That’s the difference between reality and thought. Also, please remember who ensured your right to stand there and hold a sign and protest. The actions you criticize have ensured your freedom, remember that.

— Dustin Bailey

Goshen