Ghandi’s wisdom

Originally published 10/31/06:

“What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated? What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy. What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals? The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.”



3 Responses to “Ghandi’s wisdom”

  1. 1 Anonymous September 9, 2007 at 8:01 am

    Ghandi didn’t have the benefit of the restored Gospel, as you claim to. Doesn’t scripture say to defend liberty “even unto bloodshed.” Does God want us to sit by and let people like Saddam Hussein destroy people’s liberties?

  2. 2 theradicalmormon September 9, 2007 at 8:32 am


    I understand where you are coming from, but I’m afraid you don’t have the whole picture. Of course we are freedom loving and should work to preserve the freedom of the inhabitants of the earth. However, we are actually working to the detriment of the freedoms of foreign nations, in favor of increasing our scope of influence in the world so that our multinational corporations are free to pillage the resources of the world at the expense of the lives of the peoples in those countries. There are so many good examples to choose from. Saddam for example. He was built up initially as a CIA asset in 1959 when he was 22 years old, in an assassination plot against the ruler of Iraq at that time. He failed, merely wounding him and fled to Egypt.

    In 1963 when there was a coup against the same leader, the CIA supplied him with the names of suspected communists and Saddam, as the head of the Iraqi Intelligence was responsible for the extra-judicial execution of 5,000 of those people while jailing and torturing 10,000 more.

    The National Security Archives has a long list of documents, recovered by the Freedom of Information Act, showing exactly how the US supported Saddam thru the worst of his atrocities, including providing sattelite imagery and helicopters for the gassing of the Iranians etc. Only when Saddam ceased to obey his Washington rulers did he become the bad guy. Until then he was someone Rumsfeld could shake hands with and our government could wink at his use of chemical weapons.

    Now, if we were truly for freedom at the cost of bloodshed, we probably shouldn’t be calling for coups against leaders of other nations and supporting the murders of suspected communists. We did the same thing with Suharto in Indonesia in the 1960’s. We were tickled to death when he executed upwards of a million landless peasants with no resistance.

    We fight against freely elected leaders of other nations quite often. We overthrew Allende of Chile in favor of Pinochet. We overthrew the Guatemalan leader (name escapes me) in 1954 so that the United Fruit Company could continue making a profit there. The military dictatorship that followed killed thousands. We are seeking to overthrow Chavez, the wildly popular Venezuelan leader, who has won democratic elections numerous times in the last 10 years. We really have no respect for democracy as a principle when it comes to other nations.

    Therefore, my purpose is to bring these sorts of things to light… to waste and wear out my life in bringing things of darkness to light.

  3. 3 theradicalmormon September 9, 2007 at 8:35 am


    Check out my post on “War and the Gospel of Jesus Christ” if you want a picture on where I’m coming with regards to war.

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