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There is very little detail in the story. Did this guy drive right past a stop point and onto the base? Was he drunk? Was he out of control, screamimg profanities?
Sounds like he went into uncontrollable road rage.
But you've got to speak softly in order to wield a big stick effectively.
In principle, I agree with you. Violence has solved every major conflict in history, and pacifism is a nifty idea that gets dusted off during peacetime.
However, proactive violence leads to other problems, so I prefer reactive.
He was, unfortunately, at the mercy of law enforcement officers. That reduces his rights to a negative value. So he can't do anything physical without risking 20 years in the hole. Not a pleasant thought.
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
The notion that violence solves problems is a huge misconception.
Why is that? Because violence solves a problem by creating yet another problem. Thus, violence solves really nothing.
He tried to ask the arresting officers what was going on, and tried to tell them what happened, but they told him repeatedly to shut up, and took him inside the base into a jail cell.
Agreed, but a lynch mob is definately reactive, so I think we're pretty much on the same side here. I think that making a fuss with the guards was a mistake, but coming back the next day and shooting them might have worked out OK if he got the drop on them.