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Pacifism can be costly

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Re: Pretence for attack (Letters, Nov. 13). Those Mennonites who went to war during the Second World War were brave individuals who saw the folly of pacifism as an individual philosophy or one practised by a religion or church. These veterans would have taken umbrage at the suggestion that those who went to war did so for the opportunity of adventure.

The 1930s saw the rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe. The continent had gone through a horrible blood-letting only two decades earlier, and appeasement let Hitler capture much of Europe without a unified resistance.

Pacifist ideals let the Nazis get the upper hand in the early stages of the war. For most of Europe had these ideals after the 1914-1918 conflict. The irony is, Hitler did not.

Those who would live in bondage instead of defending their freedoms, for any reason including pacifism, are truly foolish.

For the pacifist sees only the horrors of war, not its necessity.

DON HERMISTON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2013 A8

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